Are you growing spiritually? If so, how satisfied are you with your spiritual growth? For Christians, spiritual growth is the life-long process of becoming more Christ-like so we can live more Godly lives (2 Peter 1:3-8). It does not happen in isolation. Spiritual growth takes discipline and time. To grow spiritually, we need to build and maintain a strong, burning desire to do so. I will discuss this topic in 3 parts:
- What is a strong, burning desire
- Why we really need a strong, burning desire to grow spiritually
- How to build and maintain a strong, burning desire to grow spiritually
In this first part, I will focus on what is a strong, burning desire, and I will discuss the other two parts in the next two blog posts.
A strong, burning desire to grow spiritually
“Have you ever wanted to be, have, do, share, or experience something so much that you told yourself that you would do anything for it? If so, were you highly motivated and driven enough to succeed? If you were and you got what you wanted, then you may remember what a strong, burning desire is…
We all desire things in life because we all have needs and wants. Our needs vary from basic physiological ones such as the need for food and clothing to more advanced needs such as the need for self-actualization or to be all that we think we can be. Our wants include goals that we set for ourselves or beautiful things we desire.
Desire is the impetus or driving force that propels us to achieve our goals. It is desire, that feeling of wanting something, that makes us take action to get it. That feeling or emotion is energy in motion, and this energy moves us toward what we want. When that feeling motivates us to take action toward what we want with a sense of urgency and a fire lit within us, then we have what is called a strong, burning desire.” (Excerpt from Transform Your Life: 7 Steps to a Better Life)
A strong, burning desire to grow spiritually is that feeling that motivates us to take action toward spiritual growth with a sense of urgency and a fire lit within us.
Successful people tend to have strong, burning desires
If you study the lives of successful people who get a lot of what they want, you will notice that many of them have a strong, burning desire to get those things. There are many stories in the Bible and elsewhere about people who had strong, burning desires and accomplished great things. These include the Apostle Paul who spread the gospel to many people and wrote several books in the Bible and Billy Graham, the American evangelist who converted many to Christianity. However, it is not just building a strong, burning desire that is important, but maintaining it is also critical for spiritual growth. In the next post (Part 2), I will discuss why we need to build and maintain a strong, burning desire to grow spiritually.
Meanwhile, using a scale of 1 to 10, how strong is your desire to grow spiritually? I would love to hear from you. Please share your comments in the space provided below.