I used to believe that the responsibility of my growth as a Christian rested on my own shoulders. I was told that certain steps needed to be followed, or specific courses needed to be completed in order for me to become more spiritually mature. I believe this misconception is the biggest cause of burnout in the church today.
The truth (which we don’t often hear) is that Jesus is the one responsible for our spiritual growth. There are two verses that come to mind:
“And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” Phil 1:6
And then the most convincing:
“Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection].” Heb 12:2
How can anyone claim that we are in charge of our own spiritual growth if they read the above-mentioned verses? All that remains for us is to look away from all that will distract (our own efforts and struggles to become more holy) unto Jesus, who will finish the work He started in us. This means a lifetime of getting to know Him – a lifetime of simplicity – a single focus.