Years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to an author by the name of Richard Foster. Foster has written several books and founded a ministry around the belief that spiritual renewal and spiritual formation and development can help Christ followers enjoy a closer walk with Jesus, leading to a more vibrant and fulfilling Christlike life.
I recently read a quote by Foster, “The essential thing is this: Are people really growing into the life of Jesus? If they’re not, we better take a very close look at what we’re doing.” As a church, we are often tempted to offer programs and events that try to be relevant, cool, flashy, etc. Sometimes we continue to do programs long after they have stopped being effective.
As a church, we must be willing to continually ask ourselves the question Foster raises, “Are people really growing into the life of Jesus?” If not, are we willing to make the necessary changes to get to that point?
Personally, we must ask ourselves this question as well, “Am I really growing into the life of Jesus?” If not, am I willing to make the necessary changes to encourage spiritual growth and development in my life?
Check out the original article by Richard Foster at Outreach Magazine.