Posted by: SandreS | April 17, 2010

Stages of Spiritual Life

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up (Ecclesiastes 3:1-3).

Every form of life that God has created has noticeable and predictable stages of growth. Spiritual growth is no exception. Awareness of these stages allow for a better understanding and a fuller appreciation of life.

Interestingly there are a number of similar patterns in all forms of life.

Early stages of spiritual growth often can be characterized by tremendous energy and acceleration of growth. Then there are periodic plateaus that take place along the way. This is the lesson of nature. We see these lulls clearly demonstrated with regularity:

There is the night of the day – The daily reoccurring cycle of night
There is the night of the month – The monthly reoccurring cycle of the moon
There is the night of the year – The yearly reoccurring cycle of winter

Our own spiritual growth occurs neither at the rate, nor by the methods that we sometimes imagine. Instead, God works steadily and effectually for His Own purpose. He is in no rush, as by human schedules. Though His divine work may not be done in accordance with our timetables, or by our predetermined methods or standards, He is nevertheless busy with His plan in our lives – and it leaves no place untouched. Even that which seemingly is working against us is used by Father to fulfill His Own good purpose in our lives.

We should not be discouraged at the progress of Father’s work in our spiritual growth, or of the seemingly unproductive plateaus. He is the Creator, we are His creatures. He is the Potter, we are the clay. He is the Workman, and we are His workmanship.

To everything there is a season …

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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