Change in the Christian life does not happen easily or quickly. It is a process which God faithfully and lovingly works in us as we humble ourselves before His Word and Work. This is the process of sanctification.
A third aspect needed to understand this process of change is the necessity of God’s Word.
2 Corinthians 3:18 makes this assertion, though implied, that as we look into the mirror of God’s Word, we see the glory of God. In gazing upon God’s glory through His Word, we are changed from one degree of glory to another, even as by the Spirit of God.
The necessity of God’s Word in the sanctification of God’s people cannot be overstated. There is no growth in spirituality, no growth in sanctification apart from a faithful and disciplined immersion into God’s Word.
Psalm 1 says that the truly blessed man takes incredible delight in God’s Word and meditates on it throughout the day.
Psalm 119:9 says that our way as believers can be guarded by God’s Word.
1 Peter 2:2 says that we should hunger and thirst for the milk of God’s Word in order to grow from it.
While other texts could be used as well, the fact of the necessity of God’s Word in our pursuit of spiritual growth cannot be denied.
Yet so many of us want spiritual growth and blessing apart from God’s Word. We don’t want to have to mine its truths, plumb its depths, and gaze on the glory of God. We are too busy playing around at life. We will read our “one minute” devotional and call ourselves spiritual for doing so. Yet the only person we are fooling in the process is ourselves.
Spirituality and Spiritual growth cannot be manufactured simply because we want them. We need God’s help; we need God’s grace; and we desperately need God’s Word. But there is another component as well, which we will consider next time, and that one is the key to them all.