EDI­TOR’S IN­TRO­DUC­TION THE SE­CRET

Activated - - NEWS - Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Edi­tor

Liv­ing a Chris­tian's life in to­day's com­plex and in­tri­cate world can seem quite dif­fi­cult. So many things de­mand our at­ten­tion on a mo­ment-by-mo­ment ba­sis. Most of them aren't bad, but they take our time and can keep us from grow­ing in our faith.

Yet we all know peo­ple who seem to have found a way to bal­ance the con­flicts of mod­ern life, and of course, count­less Chris­tians be­fore us have been suc­cess­ful in their times as well. So what's the se­cret? Just as we must eat, breathe, and ex­er­cise in or­der to grow phys­i­cally, there are three es­sen­tials to spir­i­tual growth.

We grow by eat­ing

– Read­ing and study­ing God's Word and other ed­i­fy­ing ma­te­rial is food for our souls and es­sen­tial to spir­i­tual growth and life. “The words I have spo­ken to you are spirit and life.” “When I dis­cov­ered your 1 words, I de­voured them. They are my joy and my heart's de­light.” 2

We grow by breath­ing

– Prayer has been called the breath of the soul. 1 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 5:17 tells us to “pray with­out ceas­ing,” and Ro­mans 12:12 to “keep on pray­ing.” 3

We grow by ex­er­cis­ing

– We ex­er­cise by ac­tively fol­low­ing in Je­sus' foot­steps, do­ing what we can to help the needy, re­lieve the bur­dened, and en­cour­age the down­hearted. Most of all, like John the Bap­tist, we can point oth­ers to “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” 4

Spir­i­tual growth isn't easy, but then, growth rarely is! In fact, courage was the qual­ity that demon­strated to the re­li­gious lead­ers of their time that the apos­tles had been with Je­sus: “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and re­al­ized that they were un­schooled, or­di­nary men, they were as­ton­ished and they took note that th­ese men had been with Je­sus.”

5 Read on to ex­plore what Chris­tians past and present have to say about liv­ing a God-cen­tered life. 1. John 6:63 CEB 2. Jeremiah 15:16 NLT 3. NLT 4. John 1:29 5. Acts 4:13 NIV

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