Is “Self-Help” Christian? A Guide to Personal Growth in 2020

Is “Self-Help” Christian? A Guide to Personal Growth in 2020

Have you ever felt uncomfortable with “personal growth” ideas as a Christian?

(I take a look at this in today’s episode and go deep into this subject in my new book.)

Sometimes the positive, self-helpy phrases seem fluffy, hollow, and even selfish. I’ve struggled to balance a drive to grow with a focus on spiritual things…

So as Christians, where do we fall on the self-improvement spectrum?

Are we not allowed to focus on those things? Actually, I’ve realized just the contrary. As disciples, I believe we have a mandate for personal development—but the focus is different. I dig into that in today’s Bible Better Podcast episode and in my new book, Today We Win.

Here’s an excerpt from “Today We Win,” that breaks it down.

“Why am I so passionate about all this “self-improvement” stuff? 

Because growth, transformation, and multiplication of our capacity to give life to others is key to the flourishing of the nations and our God-honoring personal fulfillment. To me, passages like Hebrews 6:7-8 (and those like them) form the theological foundation for discovering our purpose, pursuing growth, and then producing fruit like mad.

Even better, those loony, far-fetched visions to change the world we’re almost ashamed to speak out loud are simply waiting for two things.

First, for us to take faithful action and sprint toward the finish line God has set before us (Hebrews 12:1–2). Second, for Jesus to pick up our meager offering of five loaves and two fish and multiply it so it can feed the multitudes …

… I’m passionate about achieving everything I’m capable of in life because I know that, even though I’m a nothing-burger on my own, Jesus can turn my life into something helpful and nourishing for the world.

Our mindset on personal growth and achievement must start from a God-centric position, understanding these five propositions:

  1. God created me for a purpose.
  2. My purpose will be aligned with God’s vision to redeem the world.
  3. Everything I have, and am, is to multiply his goodness for others.
  4. Growing in mind, body, spirit, and fulfillment is worship.
  5. I worship God by pursuing his purpose in my life.

Are you willing to be multiplied? Are you willing to pursue a God-sized purpose? Are you willing to risk being a countercultural weirdo who doesn’t chase after the wrong things?”

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Today’s devotion by Jordan Loftis, author of The Men With Bare Feet, host of The Bible Better Podcast, Bible Teacher at Valor Global Online School, and teaching pastor.