Growth: A natural and ongoing event for all living organisms.
We see it everywhere: Puppies grow into Dogs, Kittens into Cats.
Plants grow. Our Children grow.
At some point, however, we stop growing…at least physically.
In fact, some people–as they age–actually seem to shrink!
Others grow…but no longer vertically! 🙂
Think about muscles. You’ve seen body-builders and other athletes who are very muscular.
Did you know that it’s actually through stressing the muscles that they end up with a muscular look? In fact, very small tears in the muscle–which, when allowed to heal and develop–build up and increase muscle size.
If the bodybuilder wants to remain comfortable and not to stress their muscles, they will fail.
You can choose: Either become a bodybuilder and work your muscles hard, or remain comfortable. You can do one or the other, not both.
Spiritually speaking, we are to expect Growth as well. It’s natural, especially for the believer in Jesus Christ.
Yet, oftentimes we do things that seem directly opposed to growth–as if we don’t want to grow!
Why would that be?
Maybe we’ve grown accustomed to things the way they are, maybe we don’t like change, maybe we’re just ‘comfortable’.
Here’s one thing I know: Growth is oftentimes UN-comfortable! Many choose not to embrace it.
They choose, instead, to keep things the way they are. They avoid change, they avoid challenge.
They choose a church which will do things the way they think they should be, rather than challenge them to more.
Spiritually speaking, we have to make that choice every day.
We either choose to welcome a lack of comfort, seeking to grow and develop our faith as God tests us, or we seek a life of comfort, ease and ‘sameness’.
Which is it for you?
It may be that God is inviting you onward to growth. He may have you in circumstances right now that are pushing you beyond your comfort zone…pushing you to lean on Him more.
Will you do it, or will you shrink back and miss the opportunity?
A willing heart is one of the KEYS to growth. If you are willing to let Him take you to new levels of dependency, new levels or prayer and new levels of boldness in your faith, He WILL take you there! In fact, I’m sure He’s just waiting…waiting for someone who will say ‘Yes, Lord, I am willing!”
Are you one of those people?
I hope so.
In fact, I hope and pray that this spirit and mindset–that of saying YES to the Lord–will fill our church this year.
2 Chronicles 16:9 “The eyes of the Lord search back and forth throughout the whole earth, earnestly seeking those who’s hearts are fully committed to Him.”