I have this plant in my front yard beside a palm tree. One day I looked at it and it had a growth coming out of it which was about 3 feet tall. It kept growing, and growing, and growing…and it’s still growing. It’s now about 15 feet tall! Just as tall as the palm tree. It has skinny little “branches” that have grown out close to the top and on the branches are clusters which I guess are destined to become some sort of flowers. Coming from a family of farmers, one would think I’d have some clue as to what was taking place but alas…I was the one who got the brown thumb.
Anyhow…As Believers, growth is a requirement of our walk of faith. The grace of God calls us into His fold just as we are, however the blood of Christ initiates change…growth. It’s not a suggestion, it’s a requirement, and it requires effort on our part.
2 Peter 3:17-18(MSG) But you, friends, are well-warned. Be on guard lest you lose your footing and get swept off your feet by these lawless and loose-talking teachers. Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 4:15(AMP) Practice and cultivate and meditate upon these duties; throw yourself wholly into them [as your ministry], so that your progress may be evident to everybody.
2 Timothy 2:15(AMP) Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
In the same post of the quote above, you can find here (Which actually ties into 1 Timothy 4:15) , Ms. Bytes goes on to say…
Here’s the deal. It’s not selfish to focus and invest in yourself, in fact it’s selfish not to, because you deprive the rest of us of who you really are, who you were intended to be. You are not your bunions, your shin splints, or your aching shoulder. You are not the masks you wear. You are so much more than your physical body.
This process will continue for the balance of time we have on this earth and we must not neglect it, allow distractions or stunt it. It is not for the faint of heart but through the strength of God, we will grow into the blossom He desires us to be.
May we find ourselves immersed in His word, not “depriving the rest” of the body of who God has intended us to be, and growing toward perfection as we continue on our journey home.