We all hit plateaus. About a year and a half ago, I got back into going into the gym. I had the goal of putting on 40 lbs of muscle. Well, after one year, I put one successfully 20 lbs. And then, I hit a plateau. I’ve been holding at the 20 for six months. It’s frustrating. I know I can reach my goal, but I’m stuck.
Well, every Christian gets spiritually stuck. We walk with Jesus for a time, but then we feel like we’re not growing. We’re not knowing God better. We don’t love Jesus more. We get stuck. What should we do?
Paul tells us this in Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what the will of God is, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
The world is stuck. It’s dead in sin. So why would we want to take our marching orders, our philosophy, our world-view from the world? This may be why you’re stuck. You’re renewing your mind with Youtube, Netflix, talk shows, and social media.
To get unstuck spiritually, renew your mind daily. Get in God’s Word. It changes how you think, what you believe, and how you live. The result is a life moving forward. Get unstuck today.
Text in Context: Read Romans 12:1-2
Reflect: What does it mean to present your body as a living sacrifice? Why should we do this? Why should God’s Word be our source of renewal instead of the world?
Respond: How much time do you spend in the Word compared to watching tv or using social media? How does this impact your life? Instead of watching one more video or scrolling through social media, try one of our daily reading plans at www.gotandem.online.
Prayer: Father, I know your Word is truth. But a deep desire to understand it better and love it more. Amen.
About Back to the Bible
Back to the Bible is a worldwide Christian ministry dedicated to leading people forward spiritually. Using media and technology, Back to the Bible meets people at their own spiritual level and walks with them daily into a living, growing and passionate relationship with Jesus Christ by equipping and motivating them to engage Scripture daily. With every 25-minute study, you’ll gain a better understanding of what the Bible says, what it means and how to apply it to everyday life.
About Pastor Nat Crawford
Pastor Nat Crawford is the new Bible teacher on the “Back to the Bible” daily podcast. He has master’s degrees in biblical exposition and Christian apologetics from Moody Bible Institute and Biola University. Nat completed his undergraduate studies at Grace University, majoring in biblical studies and business leadership, and went on to serve as a teaching pastor at First Free Church in Lincoln, Neb.
Nat says his passion is helping people know what they believe and why they believe it. “When this happens,” he says, “their love of God increases, and their passion for following Jesus naturally grows.”
Nat is writing a book and plans on beginning his doctoral studies in 2021. He and his wife Tiffany enjoy a full family life with their three boys: Simon, Landon, and Gracen. Nat and his family live in Lincoln Neb.