Just in case there is anyone out there looking for some good tips on how to stagnate, how to maintain a shallow sense of spiritual immaturity, or even how to regress in their journey of faith, I have compiled “Pastor Eric’s Top Six Tools to Not Grow!”
1. Don’t read your Bible.
Only bring it to church on Sundays. And then only use it to hold your coffee steady in your seat. The Bible is God’s primary tool to develop maturity in your life. It contains the very words of God. It is a record of God’s amazing love for you and His amazing purpose for your life. Living your life according to God’s Word is the means by which we live in purity, prosperity, and peace. Do not open your Bible if you do not want to grow.
2. Don’t pray.
God is already pretty busy and you don’t want to bother Him any more than necessary. If you pray you might begin to discover the heart of God — and it may open doors of breakthrough and blessing in your life. To avoid growth, it is always best to just keep your problems to yourself.
3. Don’t grow with someone.
Christianity blossoms in relationships. If you don’t want to grow, don’t find a friend to pray with or talk about life from a Biblical perspective with. Accountability and encouragement can really mess with the status quo. Remember: To keep your life small, keep your circle of relationships even smaller.
4. Don’t tithe.
Generosity is a Biblically guaranteed tool that brings spiritual growth to believers’ lives. The Bible says that as we honor God with our tithe, He promises to open the storehouses of Heaven and rain down blessings upon us. You absolutely cannot honor God with your tithe and maintain a small life. If you want to keep it small, then don’t even think about being generous toward God.
5. Don’t serve.
Service is like soil to the seeds of our growth. It provides a place for our roots to take hold and begins to nourish our spiritual walk. Just remember: “If I no wanna grow, then I no wanna go and serve.”
It is very possible at this point you may be very disappointed because you know that you have already taken some of these growth steps and are afraid you may begin growing. Don’t worry! It is still possible to sabotage any potential growth you may have started. If you happen to accidentally find yourself doing any of these things then:
6. Don’t be consistent.
Consistency is like a growth hormone. It multiplies the effects of growth activities and causes them to mature faster. But inconsistency can quickly uproot any growth before it has a chance to positively impact your life.
So, if you have finished reading the list and think it is the worst advice you have ever heard in your life, then DON’T FOLLOW IT! Cross out the don’ts, get consistent in your own personal walk with Jesus, and start growing!