Tuesday, January 10, 2012

GROW!

   "God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and for godliness. This power was given to us through knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and integrity. Through his glory and integrity he has given us his promises that are of the highest value. Through these promises you will share in the divine nature because you have escaped the corruption that sinful desires cause in the world.
   Because of this, make every effort to add integrity to your faith; and to integrity add knowledge; to knowledge add self-control; to self-control add endurance; to endurance add godliness; to godliness add Christian affection; and to Christian affection add love. If you have these qualities and they are increasing, it demonstrates that your knowledge about our Lord Jesus Christ is living and productive. If these qualities aren’t present in your life, you’re shortsighted and have forgotten that you were cleansed from your past sins." (2 Peter 1:3-9, GW)

It never ceases to amaze me how we can fool ourselves even after we have started living a life of fully believing Jesus is our Savior.  Too many of us respond to "the altar call", but then expect to go back to living the way we did before.  We resist transformation and fight God at every turn.  We are saved, but lose out on the rewards in the here-and-now intended for those who obey their Maker.  (See 1 Corinthians 3:10-15)  And how often I see people in Christian community using their children with special needs as a reason to opt out or be given a pass on spiritual stretching.  (Ouch!  I know that last one hurt!)

The fact is that God's best for us doesn't merely include crawling as a Christian.  Just as a baby goes from a crawl to a walk to a run, so the Lord intends us to grow in ever-increasing measure into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.  (See 2 Corinthians 3:18)  We are to roll up our sleeves and dig in deep.  Transitioning from milk, to baby food, to solid food, to satisfying meat is the plan intended for us.  (See Hebrews 5:12-14)  And in feasting on meat, becoming spiritual adults, we find great purpose in being able to raise up the next generation of heaven's children.  That spiritual diet is to result in acts of worship that include giving back rather than just remaining sponges.

How are you growing?  Are you doing the same old things, being content with the status quo as a Christian?  Or are you willing to be moved outside your comfort zone for Jesus?  Do you hang around with only those who tell you what you want to hear, who require nothing of you?  Or are you willing to face your flaws head on?  Do you consider yourself to be a "good Christian" or are your actions born out a response to your realization of who you are in Christ?


Pray:  My Savior, meet me where I am at.  Grow me in ever-increasing measure into the image of your Son, Jesus Christ.  May my progress somehow bring a smile to Your heart, Lord.


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