Community is figuring out this God thing together.
You have physical, mental, and social/emotional needs. But you also have spiritual needs. I want to help people grow and be the best they can possibly be. When they think about growing spiritually, so many people think this kind of growth is primarily about stopping sin. We should definitely not live our lives in sin, but I don’t think this is what we should be focusing on. Growth and maintenance are two different things. Maintenance is keeping what you have and trying not to mess it up. The maintenance department of a factory is there to keep all the systems functioning. If a toilet stops working, the maintenance team’s job is to get the toilet back to a fully operational state. But this is not growth. For the factory to grow, a different type of effort and energy is required. The same is true for us.
If you want to just maintain your spiritual life, you maintain the systems. You go to church, read the Bible, pray, and try not to sin. You just maintain. But if you want to grow it takes a whole different approach. If you want to grow you have to feed your spiritual needs and give what you have to help feed others. There are four areas we all need to work on in order to grow spiritually.
– The need to be reminded of the meaning and purpose of life.
We all need to be reminded of who created us and why in the world we are alive. Do some digging for yourself. One of my all time favorite books is “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. Go read it and then give it to someone else!
– The need to give love
There is no better feeling than showing someone that you love them. A great book on understanding how to love people is a book called “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. Go read it and show someone (whose love language is receiving gifts) love by giving them this book.
– The need to receive love
This is a hard one for so many of us. To let someone love us is hard because it takes letting down our guard and being vulnerable. Let people show them they love you. To grow spiritually you need to let people serve you, give to you, spend time with you, speak affirming words to you, and hug you. Go read the Five Love Languages book and learn how you best receive love.
– The need for forgiveness and hope
Guilt, shame, fear, doubt, insecurity, despair, and discouragement. We all carry some of these around with us. For us to grow spiritually, we need forgiveness and to have a hope for our future. A great book to build hope in your life is “Let Hope In” by Pete Wilson.
Move past spiritual maintenance and start growing by filling these four spiritual needs as often as possible. Don’t just settle for coasting through life. Go find a group of people who help you grow spiritually!