Last year I planted tomato plants and had tomatoes coming out of my ears. It was the most successful thing I had ever grown. This year was a different story. I harvested maybe half a dozen cherry tomatoes and one big one. My first thought was ‘what did I do wrong?’. Then I looked back over my spring routine. I put no fertilizer on the plants this year and I also probably did not water them as much. I should not have been surprised I did not get as many this year.
We have to be careful not to fall into the same trap in our spiritual lives. Just because things are going well does not mean that we should sit back and just let things happen the next time. We need to work constantly on our spiritual growth. It is not something that magically happens. How do we do this? We need to read and study His Word, but that alone is not enough. We need to take what He says and apply it to our lives. It needs to be done regularly if we expect to grow in Him.