Do You Want to Grow as a Christian?

Do you want to grow as a Christian? One of of my theological heroes, Octavius Winslow, in his book, The Work of the Holy Spirit, tells us how growth happens:

“It is by simple, close, and searching views of the cross of Christ that the Spirit most effectually sanctifies the believer.  This is the true and great method of gospel sanctification… The Spirit especially and effectually sanctifies by unfolding the cross of Jesus.”   

So look closely and searchingly… and with faith. The cross was for me and for you. Can we really believe that? In that faith struggle lies the growth hormone for spiritual maturity.  

Maybe it will help kindle the fires of faith by reciting in faith the words of Charles Wesley’s famous hymn, “Arise, My Soul, Arise”:

Arise, my soul, arise; shake off thy guilty fears;
The bleeding sacrifice in my behalf appears:
Before the throne my surety stands,
My name is written on His hands.

He ever lives above, for me to intercede;
His all redeeming love, His precious blood, to plead:
His blood atoned for all our race,
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

Five bleeding wounds He bears; received on Calvary;
They pour effectual prayers; they strongly plead for me:
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Nor let that ransomed sinner die!”

My God is reconciled; His pardoning voice I hear;
He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear:
With confidence I now draw nigh,
And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry.

One thought on “Do You Want to Grow as a Christian?

  1. Thanks, McKay. I needed that Winslow quote today. I need the cross and life giving power of God today. Thank you for showing it to me.

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