I was watching a baseball game on a High Definition TV. Wow! It was so much clearer than you could EVER see with the naked eye! I could see faces, hands and everything in bright detail. Even if I had been there in person I wouldn’t have been able to see so clearly. Two things made this clarity possible. First, the camera and second, the TV. So how does that relate to spiritual matters?
The Christ within us is like the camera and sees everything clearly. But for us to see it as clearly, we need to continually upgrade our TVs to see what Christ sees. Upgrading spiritually means to continue studying and reading the Bible, believing and acting on what the Holy Spirit teaches and shows us.
2 Thessalonians 1:3 says, “that your faith groweth [is growing] exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth [is abounding].” Sometimes we wonder if we’re really growing spiritually. We wonder if we’re showing the love of Jesus enough in our lives.
One way to increase in faith and love is to start repeating this scripture aloud, and replacing the words “our faith is growing” with “my faith is growing” and saying “my love is abounding.”
Ephesians 4:15 tells us how to further grow up in Christ. It’s by “speaking the truth in love, [you] may grow up into him in all things.” That sounds simple enough, but honestly, sometimes I don’t want to speak the truth because I know it’s going to hurt someone. The key, though, is to ONLY speak it in love. That often takes preparation and thinking through just HOW to speak the truth you have. Ask yourself, “How would I like to hear this message if the tables were turned?”
Hebrews 5:13-14 says, “For every one that useth [is using] milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth [is belonging] to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
When someone is a new believer we don’t expect them to be able to operate in all aspects of the Christ within. But if we want to grow to full age spiritually, we start paying attention to our spiritual five senses and exercise them like the verse says. We won’t know what we can see, hear, touch, taste or smell unless we try it out—test the hunches. The Lord blesses us to see how often we’re right. And being right helps to build confidence in our spiritual walk.
Christ Jesus is our indwelling camera. Let’s get our HDTVs tuned up!
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