|image: Billy Frank Alexander|
It's an absolute necessity:
1. Only God can change us, but we have a serious responsibility in the process:
Romans 8:12-13: Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
2. God shows us how to grow in His Word:
2 Timothy 3:16-17: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
3. God expects us to take growth seriously:
Philippians 2:12-13: continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Let's grow into the people God designed us to be!