It’s Black Friday, the mother of all shopping days. Deals abound in stores, online and any place where commerce is being done.
However, before you go out to join the masses in the stores or leave this post for the cyber deals that awaits; I would like to present you with a gift from the Lord that could make your 2015 Black Friday truly special.
That gift is Spiritual Growth.
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18
Spiritual Growth is a deliberate effort to make our faith bigger, stronger, and mightier by simply following Paul’s instructions in 1 Corinthians 11:1 “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
We can more closely follow the example of Christ when we commit to a life of spiritual growth and when we do these four things:
- Increase our knowledge and understanding of God’s Word by reading and studying His word.
“Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman tested by trial who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:14-16 Amplified Bible
- Decrease our frequency and severity of sin, by living our lives according to His word.
“Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.” Romans 7:25 New Living Translation
- Increase our practice of Christ-like qualities found in His Word.
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2 English Standard Version
- Increase our faith and trust in God with never ending prayer.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 English Standard Version
On this Black Friday go ahead and search far and wide but you will find no better gift than the gift of Spiritual Growth. For as Jesus commands us in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”