Over the last several weeks we have talked about two principles of spiritual growth. First, that spiritual growth takes time. Then we looked at second principle of spiritual growth which is that God uses three main catalysts to grow us: people, circumstances, and the spiritual disciplines. Today we will talk about the third principle of spiritual growth, that is, God oversees our spiritual growth. God will use all of the experiences of our lives to grow us and mature us. Consider what the Apostle Paul says to the church at Rome: We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (Romans 8:28-29, CSB) In this passage, two things are clear.
- God will make all things work together for our good and His glory.
- God’s overriding purpose for our lives is to conform us to the image of His Son.