As we grow in the Lord, we are to emulate Him. All we learn and all we hear about the Christian life are to be incorporated into who we become. This growth is a process. It rarely happens overnight. During this growth period, we discover new aspects of who we are.
Our Bible reading and study figure into this new formation of our inner being. Prayer adds to the change we undergo. Service also makes us more like Jesus. When we begin this walk we don’t realize to what degree we can change.
When we turn our lives over to God, we actually give Him control of who we are and who we become. We are no longer in control. This surrendering of self can be scary to one who doesn’t realize the necessity for doing it. The more we give up of ourselves, the closer we resemble Jesus.
One essential reason for relinquishing control of our lives is to get to know Jesus better and to be able to serve Him better in expanding His Kingdom. Some believers feel the need for accountability partners to help them when they feel inadequate. Others rely on the prayers of the faith community to aid in their spiritual growth.
A former pastor told it very well, “As Christians, we are either progressing in the faith or we are falling back. We never stand still.” We need to remember this.
Our preparation for walking the walk is vital. We need to be knowledgeable of the Word and able to apply it to our hearts. Also we need to spend quantity time in prayer with Him. Finding an accountability partner or a prayer partner could help us all stay on track.