As we look forward to a new year, we instantly think of setting new goals for ourselves. Setting and reaching goals helps us to move forward in our life and profession.
One area of goal setting that we tend to overlook is that of spiritual growth. It is easy to allow the cares of life to squeeze out our goal to grow spiritually. It happens to all of us; we wake up in January and ask ourselves, “Did I grow spiritually last year?“
As the new year is beginning, do you have your first Bible study picked out? If you have not read through the Bible, this would be a great year to do it!
Reading through the Bible is very valuable! Doing this helps us to understand the “first layer” of scripture, that of the plain or obvious meaning. If you have already read the Bible want to grow more this year, move to the “second layer” by looking into the who, what, when, where, why, and how of a book or passage of scripture.
At Grapevine, we have several topics you can study with your family.
Regardless of what you study, be sure to choose a course of study and get started before the end of this month.
Most of us spend time each day praying. So this year, team up with a friend or family member and commit to pray together. You might come together as a team of friends to pray for one another, your families, and your churches.
Keep a journal of your prayer requests and praises. This is a great way to remember what you are praying for and to be encouraged as you record the answered prayers. Prayer is a gift we can all give to those around us.
In addition to prayer, God has given each of us gifts for the building up of the body. Do you know what gifts God has given you? Here is a detailed free online spiritual gifts test. If you know your gifts, are you currently using them in some manner to serve the body of Christ? Do you serve in your local church,
As you start setting spiritual goals, write them down, because at the end of the year you will you ask yourself:
How have I grown in my knowledge and obedience to God’s Word?
How have I increased my prayer life?
How have I served in my church and community this year?
Spiritual growth does not have to be overwhelming or discouraging! This year, it will make a difference when you set goals for your spiritual growth. Share with me one of your goals.