Sanctification is God’s Path of Growth for Individual Believers

If we are going to be effective at making disciples of others, then it is imperative that we grow ourselves as a disciple.

Spiritual growth is the outpouring of obedience and being in God’s word. It is the fruit that comes from being a true disciple of Jesus Christ. If we try to disciple others without first growing ourselves, or if we try to disciple others while we are going backward in our growth, we are practicing the absolute pinnacle of hypocrisy.

During His ministry, Jesus called out the Pharisees for their hypocrisy time and time again. He called them the blind leading the blind because they did not practice what they preached. He also called them whitewashed tombs full of dead men’s bones.

We don’t want to be practicing hypocrisy as we try to disciple others. We want to live the life that we are discipling others to have, and we must show them what is right by example. That is, how to follow Jesus, how to love God, how to be obedient, how to be in the Word, and how to live a life that brings glory to God.

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