There are many reasons why believers should take their spiritual growth seriously. In the same way you would not leave an infant to starve physically, when Christians do not have a strategic plan to feed themselves spiritually, they open themselves to be deceived by the teachings of the world.
Thankfully, God has provided His Word, along with the leadership that we need to ensure that our spiritual growth maintains enough momentum so that His people will know the truth and will be able to identify the un-truths that seek to steal, kill, and destroy.
“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.“ (Ephesians 4:11-14)
Don’t be Deceived
It’s easy for many believers to think that they are not susceptible to being deceived by Satan’s lies. However, the time in which we live, spiritualism is at an all time high, and with so many people in this world looking for answers, there is no shortage of information out there to deceive and lead them further away from God’s truth.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” (1 Timothy 4:1-2 KJV)
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.“ (Matthew 7:15 KJV)
“Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:30-31 KJV)
Just because you are a child of God does not mean that you are unable to be deceived by Satan’s lies in this world. Spiritual maturity is a process over a lifetime; it is not a gift that is given to you upon salvation. No one is made spiritually mature—we “become” spiritually mature through consistent study, fellowship, prayer, and worship. Each and every believer has a responsibility to ensure that their relationship with God maintains a constant state of progress.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)