Are you growing steadily in Christ, or are you simply standing still? A Christian who stands still for an extended period of time is in danger of falling backward in his relationship with Christ.
Do you remember Nicodemus, a Pharisee, who came to Jesus one night? Yes, Nicodemus was a pharisee, which means he was one of the respected religious leaders of Israel. As you might know, Jesus did not have a lot of good things to say about the religious leaders. They talked the talked but did not walk the walk. Have you met people or have acted as one of these people before? These people are concerned more about keeping petty man-made rules than they were about genuine true worship. They are the ones that quoted Scripture, dressed nicely, and went to church, but were not genuinely concerned with the well-being of others. In John we are acquainted with Nicodemus, who began as a undercover Christian who did not want to be personally associated with Christ in the beginning but in the end began making spiritual strides into become a true Christian who is not afraid to announce that Jesus is Christ.
My Goal for you to understand:
God is not concerned with how fast you grow spiritually, but he does want to produce steady growth in your relationship with him. What's the purpose of talking the talk but not walking the walk!
" He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth"(John 7: 8)
My Challenge for you: Read about Nicodemus's steps in his spiritual growth in Christ
John 3:1-21(The Night he met Jesus)
John 7:5-52(He speaks up for Jesus)
John 19:30-40(He gives Jesus a proper Burial)
Tell God you want to grow closer to him. Ask him to deepen your faith and to help you become more bold in your witness as a Christian.