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Several years ago when I was working as a school counselor I was asked by one of our students if I was taking steroids because he thought I had big muscles.  After I stopped laughing I told him I was getting ripped off if I was paying for steroids because at 6’1” and 185 lbs. I’m anything but muscular.  I tried to explain to him that if he wanted to develop his muscles there were healthy ways to go about achieving his goals.

In the same way that there are certain things we can do to grow and strengthen our muscles, there are also things we can do to grow in our relationship with Christ.  As leaders, it is our responsibility to help those we are leading grow in their relationship with Christ.

James 1:23-25 says, For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;  for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

As leaders, we must promote growth by providing an environment and relationships that will help others grow in their relationship with Christ.

In order for people to grow in their relationship with Christ we need to help them grow in the following four areas:

1) The Bible

  • We must encourage those we are leading to establish a regular time of connecting with God through reading, studying and meditating on His Word.

2) Prayer

  • We need to help those we are leading develop a regular time of connecting with God through prayer.  This could include a prayer journal, praying through the Lord’s Prayer and asking the Holy Spirit to lead them in prayer.

3) Godly relationships

  • A large part of our growth in our relationship with God has to do with our relationships.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

  • As leaders, we must help those we are leading embrace godly relationships that will help them grow closer to God.

4) Serving

  • Serving changes the lives of the people who are served as well as those who are serving.

Think about it…

  • Do you find the people you are leading are growing in their relationship with Christ?  Why or why not?
  • What can you do in order to be more intentional about promoting growth for those you are leading?

Prayer point…

Ask for wisdom and strength to help those you are leading to grow in their relationship with God.

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