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Thriving in Christ eBook
How to Thrive in Christ
This 27-page eBook (accessible in the Thriving in Christ Shop & School) tells you how not just to survive, but thrive in your walk with God. It lays out the keys to unlock the victory that’s yours. I provide practical steps on how you can stay spiritually strong and healthy and how to tap into your daily portion from God.
Click here to get your copy. Below is section one of the eBook.
God’s Design Is for Us to Thrive in Christ
This ministry is all about how to thrive in Christ. I see now that it’s God’s design for us to thrive in Him. But I didn’t always see it this way.
I grew up a pastor’s kid. Often pastors’ kids are stereotyped as ones who fall into drugs, cigarettes, premarital sex, or alcohol abuse. I may have never touched those things, but my heart was still not following God.
Many who saw me grow up could probably see how selfish I was, yet I was considered a good kid. I knew this, and used it as an excuse to justify my lack of passion for God. Romans 3:12 (NLT) says, “No one does good, not a single one.”
But I was good.
Or at least I thought I was.
I had a form of godliness, while denying the power (2 Timothy 3:5). But one day God delivered me from crippling mindsets and opened my eyes to the truth of His love.
After that beautiful day, I saw Him work changes in me over and over again.
Although I grew up in the church, everything I learned was filtered through the view that God was an angry God expecting me to shape up or be shipped out. I had to start from the beginning with building a real relationship with Him.
I started to spend time with my Creator, and experienced His love in ways that were completely unknown to me before.
I discovered this happened mostly when I was setting time aside each day to just be with the Lord. It was amazing. I saw true spiritual maturity taking place in my heart, and it thrilled my days.
I was beginning to thrive in Christ!
Disturbed, Saddened, and Scared
As I grew, though, I was dismayed to see some Christians stagnant, or even completely stuck all too often. They seemed uninterested in the concept of growing intentionally in God. It seemed like they could care less about letting God change them into His image.
It saddened me to see Christians that have accepted Jesus years and years ago, but they aren’t maturing in Christ. (It still does.)
This puzzled me immensely.
Jesus said, “You therefore must be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48 ESV)
I used to be a perfectionist. I read that verse and thought, I have to be perfect, which scared me. I knew I could never be perfect. What now?
It wasn’t until I started studying the Bible that I learned that the word perfect there means spiritually mature. Relief! We don’t have to be entirely faultless!
Then I wondered if other Christians lived under the pressure that they had to be perfect, too? Did they feel it hopeless and give up, thinking the Christian life is way too hard?
My Heart Yearns
After I understood the above verse, I started studying other verses that talk about spiritual growth. I found out that it’s an ongoing process:
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6 NLT
We all have a general purpose while we’re on the earth:
- Grow spiritually
- Work in the Kingdom (in this we also have specific callings)
Jesus’ life reflected this same general purpose. He:
- Grew spiritually from a young age (see Luke 2:45-52) and spent time with the Father to sustain His earthly ministry (Luke 6:12)
- Came to earth in human form to bust this world wide open with His love
3 Reasons Spiritual Growth Is Needed
Why should we care about growing more spiritual mature? Yeah, I get it, that it’s not always fun. But it’s good:
- God wants it (John 17:17). Yup, sanctification is a thing.
- The world will see Jesus in us—know we are His disciples—by our love one for another (John 13:35). Love is a fruit, and fruit takes time to develop from a seed to a ripened state. Maybe it’s self-explanatory, but the more we look like Jesus, the more the world will see Him. And don’t we want them to see Jesus and His gift of salvation?
- If we never grew spiritually, we wouldn’t know the truth that makes us free (John 8:32). And when we’re entangled in sin ourselves, we won’t be able to help others find freedom.
For all these reasons, God is transforming us a little at a time to look more like Him:
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 NASB
My Heart Still Yearns
If all Jesus’ followers could understand that spiritual growth is needed, see that it’s a grace-filled process, and thrive in the Father’s love—I’d dance for joy!
I want to see Christians consistently strong and growing. I want to see Believers walking in freedom and faith with signs following. I want to see Jesus followers obey and worship Him with complete abandonment.
I have experienced these things. I have tasted and seen that God is good, and I want to share the food!
Yes, my friend. God’s design for us is to thrive in Christ.
Will you join me?
How Can You Help?
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