[CF Devotionals] 2012-10-26 - Growth

So far this year, my wife and both of my sons have had birthdays and been recognized as growing a year older. Both of my boys have grown in height, weight, and intellect. Although my wife may kill me for saying it she has grown in ways too: the wrinkles around her warm charming smile have grown a little more pronounced when she laughs and she has grown just slightly grayer headed, although admittedly much of that is due to me and the boys. I am no longer a spring chicken myself having passed what I consider to reasonably be the top of my life's hill. I have grown thinner on top and grown some nice crow's feet too. At work, I continue to try to grow my mind and pick up new skills when I can. My older son and wife read lots to continually grow mentally. I will also be growing another year older in just a couple of days – come to think of it that is probably why I'm thinking about this subject.

Just recently my wife yanked up a bunch of plants in the garden and threw them into the compost piles since they were no longer growing or producing a harvest. She's got some small seedlings that are growing and will be harvested before our first frost. Growth is natural and healthy in humans and in plants.

If growth all around us is natural and expected in so many areas of our life why do so many people settle for a stagnant spiritual life with no signs of growth beyond a "saved" date scribbled inside a Bible somewhere and perhaps a baptism certificate as the only evidence indicating birth into a new life.

Hebrews 5:11-15 (NASB)

Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

Look at your life over the last year. Is the only thing growing in your spirit the cobwebs? Have you grown in your spiritual life at all? If not where does the problem lie? A plant that is not growing and producing fruit is dying. Take a minute to read what Jesus had to say on the subject.

John 15:1-6 (NASB)

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.

Living or dying? Thriving or withering? Where do you abide?

IHFHBOH
Adam

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