Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Once we become Christians, we haven’t arrived yet—we have just begun. Our physical life starts at the day of conception, but our spiritual life starts at the day that we are born again in our spirit and not in our flesh. Our physical bodies need food and water to grow. For our spiritual life and faith to grow, we need the Word of God. When we take in the Word of God, we start to grow, from the inside. It is a misconception that once we are born again, we no longer need food to grow. If we don’t drink the living water regularly, we will slowly perish. Sin will destroy our faith, and we end up carrying no fruits.
Over the past decade, I’ve had times that produced much fruit and faith, and times that were dry. Looking back, I could tell that those times wherein my faith was growing were the times I was reading my Bible regularly and was communicating and praying to the Father. It is only recently that I have come to understand that it is essential we seek God daily—our faith must seek Him daily.
However, we are not to confuse this with our salvation. As Luther states, in agreement with Scripture, we are saved by grace through faith. We are not saved by our actions; if our salvation were based on our own merits, we would all be falling short. Only when we look upon Jesus and what He has done for us can we be saved. Nevertheless, our spiritual growth won’t come by going to church, Bible study meetings, Christian concerts, and Bible schools; by reading self-help books and other literary works; or performing any other spiritual activities. Of course, these things are beneficial to our growth. I remember being in Bible School and I felt absolutely high in my walk with God. I had just come out of high school, thinking I was going to be a missionary for God. I said goodbye to my family and friends; I was living on a little budget, and feeling completely dependent on God in all areas of my life. This endured for one year. I had never felt so close to God, as I was surrounded by a Christian community, had people that prayed for me and with me, and had a lot of time just to pray and read the Bible.
At the end of the year, I went back home and was admitted into a university in England. Right there, I found myself in a community where I might have been the only Christian, as people in my class saw the Bible as a fiction book. This was a shock to me, but thankfully, I had just come out of Bible School, and I was able to defend myself with biblical truth and reasoning. I vowed myself not to drink for the time being there, which kept me out of a lot of trouble. I did go to the clubs with friends and saw this as a way of evangelizing my non-Christian friends. But, after a while, I noticed that my faith was getting weaker, and I couldn’t see clearly what the will of God was and what His purpose was for my life. Later on, I wondered why my faith was getting weaker instead of stronger during this time in London. Looking back at this time, I realized I had stopped reading the Bible. I went to church services and Bible study meetings, but I had stopped reading the Bible at a personal level. Maybe once in few weeks, I would open the Bible and read, but there was no regularity or consistency in my time spent in the Word. Once I started reading the Word of God again and blocking out distractions that were keeping me from listening to Him, I felt a turning point in my faith.
I am convinced that if all newborn Christians don’t stop at their conversion, but see it as the beginning of a walk with the Lord Jesus, they will grow to a level where they become the bearers of God’s Light and the carriers of God’s Power. Through them, it won’t be long when families, communities, cities, and countries will be turned around by the power of God.