Big events are really just a bunch of small events added together. Let’s take that to another level. Following Jesus is not just a one-time event. It’s an ongoing, daily, moment-by-moment experience.
The Bible echoes this sentiment in a variety of ways, including the following:
- 2 Peter 3:18 – Like a child or like a garden, we need to grow in wisdom and knowledge.
- Galatians 6:9 – We will reap a harvest if we endure and don’t lose heart.
- Romans 2:7 – We must persist in doing good.
- 1 Corinthians 15:58 – Remain strong and steady.
- Ephesians 4:14-15 – Over time, we become more and more like Christ.
- James 1:4 – Over time, we grow and develop our endurance.
In other words, we the process of sanctification happens gradually, over time in the moments of living life and through persisting and enduring when times get tough.
Let’s consider some earthly examples to more fully understand this concept. Sustained weight loss happens gradually, over time. Running a marathon happens as we gradually work up to that distance in our training. Overcoming an injury of any sort generally takes lots of rest and gradual building up again of strength and endurance.
Growth of any type happens gradually over time. The problem is that this applies to bad habits too. Another related principle to consider is that others can often see our growth, or lack of growth, when we cannot. This is one reason we to be accountable to one another.
Fortunately, right now is the best time to start a path toward continual growth. God does great things with the little we have to offer, and He wants to do those great things too.
How can you focus on the necessary small changes in your life?
- Let go of pride and ask for help. (Proverbs 26:12)
- Spend time with Jesus. (Psalm 116:1-2)
- Search scriptures daily. (Acts 17:11)
- Operate as a party of the body. (1 Corinthians 12:14-31)
- Forgive. (Colossians 3:12-13)
- Be intentional. (James 1:25)
- Be kind. (Proverbs 19:22)
- Allow yourself to be persuaded. (Romans 8:38-39)
Sometimes, growth seems slow and even non-existent when it’s actually happening. Hindsight often provides the vision needed to see the growth in our lives. We must cling to the knowledge that what the Bible says is true and that following those truths will result in growth toward sanctification in our lives that happens mostly in the everyday, small moments of living our lives. Our journey with Christ in this adds tremendously to lasting confidence that only comes from Him.