What Kind of Person Grows as a Believer in Jesus?

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We could all probably think of people who we admire as a seasoned Christian. We could all probably think of people who aren’t so much so, as well. While it isn’t necessary to name names, it is important that we look at our own hearts. The first question in our notes for the sermon this past Sunday asked: What kind of person does not grow as a believer in Jesus? Over the years I have often admired those that had many moons ahead of me in their relationship with Jesus. And I would often say to myself, “I want to be like them when I grow up.” With that said, It is important that we be mentored by others and are in turn mentoring.  

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:3-5
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance. Proverbs 1:5
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. Proverbs 9:9

Have you ever wondered to yourself, “why do I feel like I haven’t grown as a Christian?” I’ve been through seasons like this myself. Our Pastor gave us some reasons why people don’t grow. Let’s revisit them and chew on this a little more, so that we may be able to answer for ourselves.

What kind of person does not grow as a believer in Jesus?

Quitters

Letting your mind take over causes you to be a quitter and stunts your growth. Allowing Christ to transform your mind causes growth.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

Not believing His Word causes you to be a quitter. Being a seeker of the truth causes growth.

But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. Proverbs 8:17

What kind of person does not grow as a believer in Jesus?

Pretenders

Needing the approval of people causes you to be a pretender. Caring more about what God thinks causes growth.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. Psalm 118:8
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

Feeling like you need to work to earn approval, salvation or anything else causes you to be a pretender. Serving the Lord out of love causes growth.

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

I’ve just shared a couple ways that our Pastor showed us of people who don’t grow as followers of Jesus. Now let’s look at what kind of person does grow as a follower of Jesus.

What kind of person does grow as a believer in Jesus?

Disciples

Disciples are rainy day people not just fair weather friends. They’re committed during the good and the bad times. Disciples are genuine. They aren’t just putting up appearances, disciples are sold out completely. Following wherever the Lord leads, asks and does. Consistency is the trademark of a disciple. Convenience? Not even a part of a disciple’s vocabulary.

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples. John 8:31
So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33

Disciples are willing to risk it all. Persecution. Being unpopular. Even being alone. Disciples understand that the risk is worth the reward.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24

Are you a quitter, pretender or disciple? I hope that you’re growing as a believer in Jesus and that I’ve been an encouragement today. We won’t reach our fully seasoned selves until we get to see our Savior face-to-face. Nevertheless, let’s run the race in such a way that we hear the words, “well done, good and faithful servant” when we do!

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