you want to live for Jesus Christ, it will cost you something. You will
have to grow spiritually. It will mean perseverance in Bible study and
prayer, fighting discouragement, having reasonable expectations, and
being honest with yourself and others. It is nice to read about
spiritual growth, but spiritual growth is not easy. You must apply what
you learn. Application needs commitment or it won't last very long.
Danger exists in humanly counting the cost of commitment. Being
obsessed about the cost to you personally may cause you to focus of the
"how" instead of the "why", and make you retreat from the depth of
inward commitment necessary. With too little human commitment, your
desire for growth fades away. However, there is safety is spiritually
calculating the cost. When the price of growth is spiritually counted
and the cost is absolute surrender to Jesus Christ, then biblical
paradoxes take on new spiritual depth! Servitude brings greatness.
Weakness brings strength. To live is to die, and to die is to live.
Give whatever is necessary spiritually. You will receive the empowering
presence of the Holy Spirit! Spiritual growth within you will be a
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For
everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who
knocks, the door will be opened. If you then, though you are evil, know
how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father
in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him" (Luke 11:9-10, 13,
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