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Session 5

Look How Far You’ve Come

Read: Revelation 2:18-29

As Christians, we are in a constant state of change when it comes to our relationship with Jesus. There is always something God wants us to do, or how we like to say at NewSpring, there is always a next step we can take to become better followers of Christ. We’ll go through seasons where there won’t be a lot of change in our lives, but there also will be seasons when the changes keep coming, and it’s overwhelming. The constant changes can make us feel exhausted and can make us feel like we’re taking steps backward rather than forward.

In those moments when growth seems nonexistent, it is crucial that we remember how far we’ve come instead of focusing on how far we have to go. In Revelation, John writes to the Church in Thyatira and encourages them, letting them know that “you are now doing more than you did at first” (Revelation 2:19). We always have next steps to take, big and small, but those next steps are built upon the steps we’ve already taken.

We can see growth as we build a relationship with Jesus by recognizing the signs of spiritual fruitfulness. What are the signs of spiritual fruitfulness? If we look at Galatians 5:22-23, God gives us a clear description of the fruit of the Spirit that is a direct reflection of our growth. When we meet Jesus, His spirit lives inside of us, and His spirit instills in us “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). Without the Spirit, humans aren’t capable of producing these fruits, so seeing these fruits in our lives is a picture of our closeness with God and our growth in our relationship with Him.  

Reflect:

  • With the fruits of the Spirit in mind, what is one way you’ve seen yourself grow since meeting Jesus?
  • What area in your life could you work on or hand over to God? The more we hand over to God, the closer we grow to Him.
  • If you’re not producing any of the fruits mentioned in Galatians or if closeness with God doesn’t make sense, your next step could be giving your life over to Jesus and taking the next step of salvation!

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