According to statistics released in August 2007, Americans are spending approximately $9.6 billion in the self-improvement industry.
People are buying all kinds of products designed to make us smarter, sexier, richer, faster, and healthier. But the reason why so many people are still not reaching these life goals is because such products don't really help.
It has been said that these self-help products are not actually selling what they are claiming; what they are really selling is hope. People will pay anything for hope. Most of us will admit that we have problems and we need them fixed.
What does the Bible say about self-improvement?
Paul wrote in Colossians 1:28-29 that "We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me."
I want to mention what concerns me about Christianity today: It is the reality that we have not reached the point of being made perfect in Christ.
Some of us struggle with attending church each week.
Some of us struggle with tithing to the church.
Some of us don't open the Bible outside of church.
Some of us have our hearts and minds so closely connected with the world that we are not sensitive to God.
Certainly, we are all at different levels in our spiritual journey. But my concern is not that we aren't there yet, but who is willing and wanting to go further in their path to perfection in Christ.
Are you willing to put yourself on the path to improving your spiritual life so that you can become more and more complete in Christ?
Christians know the Biblical truth that we who have trusted in Christ have been redeemed, and are no longer condemned to eternal death. We have eternal life now and the future will be bright and glorious for us. But tell me, why are we so content with the future when there is life to be lived in the present? We weren't saved only to secure the end of our life where we? Shouldn't the change in the future effect a change in the present?
If you choose to live a Godly life, to accept the admonishing and teaching mentioned in the verse above, with the goal of becoming "perfect in Christ" your life will improve! Where do you get that kind of teaching? From God's Holy Word, the Bible. Open it today and see what God has to say. Connect with a church in your area who exalts the truths of the Scripture and one who preaches Christ crucified. He is the Savior of the World.
Remember that $9.6 billion price tag being spent on today's self-improvement industry? Christ offers a better price plan. He paid the price for a better life. Your cost? It's free.
Rev. Nathan Dick is pastor of the Panton Community Baptist Church in Addison County, Vt.