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Developing Spiritual Stability

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so WALK IN HIM, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. -Colossians 2:6:7

How do we develop spiritual stability? Paul answers that question with one little phrase “walk in him.” What does it mean to walk in him? It means to consistently arrange your life around the reality of Jesus Christ.

My wife Tiffany is pregnant with our first child. She has just entered her third trimester, and I’ve noticed something strange is happening. Our LaMaze teacher calls it the “nesting” instinct. It’s an uncontrollable urge to get everything perfectly prepared for the baby, to tie up loose ends of old projects, to get the house clean, and to organize the baby’s environment. All females of the animal kingdom are equipped with this same primal instinct. Just as you see birds making their nests, mothers-to-be do exactly the same thing. She has the sheets already washed and on the crib. Actually, it’s been that way for a month now. The baby’s spoons are also washed and neatly arranged in the silverware drawer, yet he won’t even use these spoons until six months after he’s born. We even put new tires on the car so that the baby would be safe riding in it. We are arranging our lives around the reality that, in three months, we’re going to have a baby. When he arrives, we want his environment to be as stable as possible.

Just as we are arranging our lives around the reality of a baby, in a spiritual sense, we desire to consistently arrange our lives around the reality of Jesus Christ. How do we do that? When we make decisions, we need to allow the reality of Christ in our life to guide the decision-making process. When we are struggling with discouragement, we allow the reality of Christ in our life to give us a new perspective on our problems. When we are tempted to lie, lust, gossip, complain, or any other sin that habitually trips us up, we must recognize the reality of our new life in Christ. Because of our new heart, we no longer truly desire to do those things. That’s arranging your life around the reality of Christ. Do that consistently and you’ll begin to develop spiritual stability.

Andy Knight

About the Author

Andy is the user interface designer for YouVersion, the Bible App. He has a passion for sharing God's story of grace and freedom through the internet. Andy lives in Roswell, GA, with his wife and three sons. You can follow him on Twitter at @andyknight.