Spiritual growth is the most important thing

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “The righteous thrive like a palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, they thrive in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, healthy and green.” Psalm 92:12-14 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Spiritual growth is the most important thing”
The Christian life has often been described as “the journey of the soul”. Our soul is on a journey through this world on our way to our real home in heaven. God is using the journey to mold us and shape us into the people He wants us to be and to prepare us for eternity. This is the most important thing.  
Also, our spiritual growth is foundational to everything else in life. All the rest of life flows from the heart, and the heart is shaped by our relationship with God. This is what Solomon meant when he wrote, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23) The Christian life is lived from the inside out. It begins in the heart, rises up, and flows out. Rather than external influences penetrating inward and impacting the heart, the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23), flow up and out from the Christian, influencing and impacting the world around them. The Christian life is lived from the inside out.
This is an inner reality that produces outer fruits. It’s the result of a life that is centered in God and which is spiritually healthy and thriving. This is what the Psalmist was describing in Psalm 92:12-14 (above). The righteous thrive like a mighty tree with deep roots – a tree that stays healthy and green, bearing fruit its entire life long.
Down through the ages of Christian history, those who earnestly sought this deep and thriving relationship with God have done so by establishing a structure of daily spiritual disciplines in their lives. The disciplines are always rooted in prayer, Bible study, worship, and service. These are the things which when consistently practiced day-in and day-out, over the course of a lifetime, result in a deeper life with God.
Spiritual growth is the most important thing in the life of the Christian. All the rest of life flows from this, and this is why our personal responsibility to do these things is one of the dominant themes in the Bible. This is one of those revealed things which we discussed in the first message in this series. God has revealed to us, in Scripture, that it’s our responsibility to practice basic spiritual disciplines that put us in a position before Him every day whereby He can mold us and shape us into the people He wants us to be.
Your spiritual growth is by far the most important thing. I urge you not to neglect it.
God bless,
Pastor Jim   
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