How do you measure spiritual growth?

Doug and I got to talking tonight about what constitutes spiritual growth and if there is a tangible yard stick. When someone tells you, “I just don’t feel like I’m growing” or something similar, what does that mean?

We got to wondering how people measure their own spiritual growth. Some of the things that came to mind…

  • I am more like Christ today/this week/this year than I was yesterday/last week/last year–and what does “more like Christ” look like?
  • I feel better about my walk with Christ
  • I know more about God, I see God at work
  • I pray more, I read the bible more, I understand more spiritual things, I’m serving/participating more, I give more financially
  • I enjoy church more, I go to church more, I have more church friends than I used to
  • I’m in a small group/bible study group
  • My life has changed for the better: emotional healing, addiction recovery, greater ability to resist temptation, increased self esteem
  • I’m not standing still
  • I’m more loving than I used to be

What do you think?

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Good thoughts here. I think one of the measurements is to really know if you are free. Come read “HOW FREE ARE YOU?” at the http://www.thedailylily.com and let us know your thoughts.

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  2. Posted by Dan on April 14, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Okay, that is too bizarre that you just wrote that, because I am reading a book called “unChristian.” You can find out about it at http://www.barna.org.

    Basically it is a book telling what nonchristians think about christians. (Jon Featherstone if you read this – this book is for you) And the reason that it is vital that every christian (or person who publicly calls themselves a christian) should read it, is because according to their research, christians look, act and behave no different than anyone else in society.

    From drug use, drinking, pornography, extra-marital affairs, etc. etc. etc. christains are just as likely to participate in those activities as nonchristians.

    I think the first step in spiritual growth is trying to become like Christ. We need to become like the loving, caring shepherd, who told us to: feed his sheep, love our neighbor, pray for others, love our enemies, forgive as the Lord has forgiven us.

    And while that other thing about “seeking and saving the lost” is important: spritual growth and maturity is caring more about the “lost” person than caring whether or not you have “brought them to Christ.”

    And that’s all I have to say about that.

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  3. Caring about the “lost” is fine, but what do we do to show them we care? I can say that I care about the lost all I want, but if I’m not hanging out with them, getting to know them, then “caring” is nothing but empty words.

    I can’t bring anyone to Christ, I can only show Him to them by my deeds and actions, and let the Holy Spirit take it from there.

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  4. All of the above is my answer. The one that stands out for me, however, is seeing both my life/circumstances and people as God sees them. Having more of His perspective on everthing more often is my main guideline. Good question, though.

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