How to Grow

If you know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, do you as a college student desire to grow in your relationship and knowledge of Him?

The point of our Christian life is know Christ and to make Him known to the entire world! We are to grow more and more everyday to look like Him in love, action, thought, behavior, prayer, etc. This growth happens daily and only occurs with our initiation and effort. Do you desire to know God more than you ever have? Your college years can be the time of your greatest spiritual growth!

Paul stated a tremendous truth in I Corinthians 7:32-35 concerning single young adults. Most college students fall into this category. This is speaking directly to you!

“But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: but he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.”

The Bible says that you have a spiritual advantage! The unmarried young adult has more time and energy to devote to the Lord and His work. Married couples can please the Lord equally, but they have time and energy to devote to their family and rightly so. The charge here is to seize this opportunity in your life! With the average age to marry being 27 for women and 29 for men, you will have roughly five to ten years when you will fit into this category. What will you do with it? Once it is gone, you can never get this stage of life back!

Notice it says, “that you may attend upon the Lord without distraction.” Attend means that you have continual attendance or sitting well beside the Lord. The unmarried can have more time sitting beside the Lord with less distractions or things that draw away your attention from Him and His work.

It is striking that the age group with the greatest opportunity to serve the Lord is also the age group when 60-70% are walking out and laying aside their faith. Will you seize this opportunity of your life. This life stage only comes once.

You may ask, So how do I grow in my faith? Here are some practical helps:

  1. Take the initiative and be intentional about your growth.
    a. Set aside the time and effort needed to grow. (Just as you attend class, read, study, and do homework to get a good grade)
  2. Read your Bible daily- (Below are some great Bible reading resources)a. Practice and apply what you read.
    b. Meditate on what you read each day.
    c. Memorize verses.
  3. Have a daily prayer time. Pray throughout the day.
  4. Attend faithfully and get plugged into a strong Bible believing church .
  5. Attend a weekly Bible study group to enhance your growth and get plugged into astrong community of believers.
  6. Have a ministry to serve in weekly.
  7. Hang around friends who will encourage you in spiritual growth.