Growing in God: The Bad and the Good news.
I’ve had many conversations with new believers and young leaders. The #1 question that I’ve gotten from each has centered around growing in their relationship with God or growing their ministry. This is a question that each of us should ask and should pursue. It’s a worthy goal, vision or mission, to grow.
Ps. Chris Hodges says that, “Healthy things grow.”
The reason why new believers and young leaders ask these question is because growth is deceptive. Many times we don’t see results of our growth as soon as we like. We like growth ASAP, we like to see our prayers answered, our ministries expanding, our families restored ASAP. This is a normal reaction, we have been conditioned by our culture to expect things to happen quickly. Everyone has a microwave, we all want high speed internet, 4G isn’t fast enough, we want LTE. If a webpage takes too long to load, GOOGLE puts it further down on the search list. It’s just the way our culture works now.
I’m going to share the bad new first. The bad news is that the Kingdom of God doesn’t use the culture of the world as it’s baseline. We can’t measure what is happening in the Kingdom of God on how the world works. We will end up confused and heart sick.
Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”
When you expect things to happen the way the world works, you will become disillusioned and disappointed in God.
That’s the bad news.
Grow down before growing up.
The good news is that you are growing. Healthy things grow down before they grow up. This isn’t fun because you can’t see what is going on beneath the surface. You’ve got to dig deep before you can build high. Fruit that lasts a long time, fruit that comes back season after season are a result of an expansive root system.
How do I know I’m growing?
(I’m going very basic here and i’ll expand this in posts later on)
1.You are growing if you are having quality prayer time. Quality prayer time is not about the minutes or hours you pray. It’s the fervent prayer of a righteous person that makes the difference.
2.You are growing if you have a consistent level of sacrifice. There has to be an offering on the altar in order for God to consume it.
John 12:24 says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.”
3.You are growing if you are reading. I’m not talking about the newest David Baldacci book. I’m referring to first and foremost The Bible. Are you consistently reading and meditating on the Word? Secondly, read inspirational books. In a later post I will give you my current reading list and some suggestions.
Remember before you will ever see sustainable growth, you have to have an expansive root system and that takes some time. Galatians 6:9 says,”and let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
“Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year–and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.”