I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
If you’ve submitted your life to God and accepted the blood of Jesus as payment for your sins, you should know that you are only beginning your new life.
A seed is planted and the growing begins, but rain and sunshine are necessary to maintain the growth of that seed. The plant is living and active, but take it out of the soil, moisture and light and it will die.
Just like that seed, your life in Christ needs specific things to maintain growth. How do we maintain our new life?
You need to stay planted in the good soil of God’s word, which is the Bible. You need the living water of God’s presence through prayer. And you need to follow Jesus daily just as flowers turn to face the sun.
In John 14:15, Jesus says if we love him, we'll obey him. Three verses earlier, we find out that Jesus judges our faith by what we're doing. Obedience is one of the ways we stay connected to God and maintain our growth. Without obedience to God, our growth is stunted.
If you feel like a weak Christian, you must realize that our obedience keeps us strong. Find out what God wants you to do and do it.
Remember to keep feeding yourself on the rich soil of the word of God. It has all the right nutrients for our spiritual growth. The refreshing, life-giving hydration our spirit receives from His presence as we pray will keep us from becoming a dried-up, half-alive Christian. But the obedience we give God with our words and actions keeps us standing tall and straight and beautiful in His sight.