“Now he who supplies seed to the Sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness” – 2 Corinthians 9:10

“So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” – Colossians 1:10

“For indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more” – 1 Thessalonians 4:10

“Therefore, leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God” – Hebrews 6:1

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” – 2 Peter 3:18

It is critical for us to always have spiritual growth.  A major part of our Christian development is to continue to grow spiritually.  After we are saved, it is important for us to apply the biblical teaching to our lives and help other people in all aspects of their lives whether they are Christians or not.

It is easy to decide you are saved and not continue to work to improve your own Christianity and to help other people with their faith.  We must continue to grow spiritually, always trying to learn more and apply new Christian concepts to our lives.  We will not all share the same understanding of Bible, but we can be respectful of other interpretations of the Bible and even consider changing our own understanding when appropriate. 

Bob studying his football plays

Bob has one brother and one sister.  His family is a Christian family and attends church every week.  Bob is currently a junior in high school.  He works hard in school to maintain a good grade point average and he plays football on the high school team.  Earning a football scholarship is important to him. 

Bob works hard at football practice and maintains a detailed diet to help him get stronger.  He believes that he must look good while working with the football team so he will get strong recommendations from his coaches when it is time to go to college.  His entire focus is on making sure his coaches and college scouts see him excel and not on his teammates. 

Bob performed well the first two years on the team, but he has not developed good relationships with the other players.  Since he spends his time thinking about how he can look better to the coaches and not thinking about how he can help his other teammates, he has not provided value for the other players on the team. 

During a critical game, Bob missed a block on purpose so the other receiver would not make a big play.  The coach noticed the missed block and removed Bob from the starting team.  The coach told him that he was not a team player.  All the players must support the team. 

Bob knew he had lost his chance to earn a scholarship.  He was very depressed.  He talked to father about his situation.  His father told him that he lost his Christian Values.  He should be playing for the team and helping the other players, not trying to make himself look good to earn a scholarship.  His father mentioned how the Bible Study had talked about the subject helping others rather than focusing on yourself was about this subject.  His father told him that going to Church and reading the Bible is not enough.  You must apply the Christian teachings to your life.  That means helping other people, not trying to make yourself look better than they look.

Bob realized his father had good advice.  He needed to apply his Christian lessons to his life even when it did not seem to help him at the time.

Bob began to apply his Christians to his entire life.  He continued to play football on the high school team, but he focused on helping the other players.  It took Bob the rest of his junior year to recover from his mistake and gain the trust of his teammates and the coaches. It was too late for him to earn a major football scholarship, but he felt better about his life and applied Christian values to his entire life.

Christian lessons should be applied to your entire life.  Going to Church and reading the Bible, has little value if you do not apply the main points to your own life. 

It is important for us to continue to learn how to be a better Christian and help other people.  We will all benefit from working together to make the world a better place for everyone. 

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

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