As someone born in the Fall season, I have always enjoyed the cozy nature of it. Especially those moments, where I spend my evenings reading my favorite book under the warmest blanket. Deep inside, I never want this feeling to end. But in such comfort, where is there room to grow?
There comes a time in our spiritual lives, where it gets cozy. The time we spend in prayer is as warm as our favorite blanket. The time we worship, is as soothing as the fall breeze. And the time we spend in the Word, is like reading our favorite book until we fall asleep. Any mention of changing this routine, is a threat to our peace.
But what happens when this is no longer enough? When suddenly, there’s this cry from deep within that causes great discomfort as you pray. As you worship. And, as you read the Word? It’s as if, your current routine can no longer sustain you. Each second, you can feel your flesh getting stronger and stronger.
This, is the spiritual plateau. A place that you should visit but never remain. Without growth in the Spirit, your flesh gets stronger and you regress into old habits and patterns. What’s comfortable becomes the very thing that stagnates you.
Truth is, you are a new creation. Meaning, as you develop, you need more and more of God to sustain you. Never get so comfortable where you are, that you forget to keep climbing…
"For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."
2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV
"Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life."
Galatians 6:8 NIV
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
Song(s) Meditation: More of you by Fred Hammond
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Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
Do you feel like you’ve hit a spiritual plateau (a point where you’re stagnant/no growth)? If so, what caused you to get there? If not, what has helped you to keep growing? In general, how will you continue to stretch yourself spiritually on this journey?