What does the phrase “higher heights” mean? It refers to an ascension, for example, when climbing a mountain. In the same way, higher heights refers to a spiritual ascension, or growth, in Christ. As Christians, it is imperative that we are always growing to higher heights in God. This happens when we study his word and apply it to our lives. If we are not growing in Christ, then we are susceptible to the attack of the enemy.
A great example of this is from the apostle Paul. This is what he says about his walk with God:
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. [Philippians 3:12-14 NLT]
Like Paul, we should always be striving to get to new levels in Christ. In order for us to enter his fullness and become like him completely, we must respond to God’s direction at all times. There is no excuse for us to be stagnant in our faith. Even at a young age, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was pressing on to know his Father more. After he and his family went to Jerusalem for Passover, Joseph and Mary began to return home before realizing Jesus was not with them! The Scripture says this, “After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.” When his parents asked why he did not follow them, this was Jesus’ response:
And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” [Luke 2:49]
As a result of his desire and initiative to know the Father, Jesus “increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” [Luke 2:52]
There are three factors that contribute to spiritual growth and attaining to new levels in Christ. Firstly, we must desire to know more of him. 1 Peter 2:2 says, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation”. We must study the Scriptures to know more about our heavenly Father if we want to grow in him. Secondly, we must walk in righteousness and be fruitful. The Bible says,
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
When we study his word , we receive understanding from the Holy Spirit and the knowledge of the Lord. We must put these truths in practice by walking in a way that pleases them. The Bible says, “Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” [Matthew 7:20 NKJV] Our testimony and lifestyle must point to Christ. For example, we go to school to study the theory of the career we want to pursue, however, we must get a job or an internship in that field in order for us to truly use that knowledge and improve in our craft. In the same way, we must use the Scriptures in order for us to see growth.
Hebrews 6:1 [NLT] says, “So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.” The Lord wants to see his people ascending him. May we not go over the same truths over and over again; instead, let’s press on to higher heights in the Lord.
All verses are in ESV unless specified.
This is Post 3 of the Blogging Consistency Challenge by Latoya at PowerfulU.