Grow and bear fruit
…. bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:10)
Most children are used to hearing phrases like ‘My, how you have grown!’ or ‘You really have changed!’ Indeed, they normally are chuffed with such remarks and the inevitable hug that follows. As a parent, we are proud of our children and how they are growing towards becoming young adults. Imagine how concerned we would be if we saw no change from one year to the next.
In the bible, we are described as ‘children of God’. As children of God we should be growing and developing, not in height but in Christian character. Just as parents delight in seeing their children grow in height, so our Heavenly Father takes delight in seeing us grow in our faith.
This year in PW, we are encouraged to consider our growth as a Christian and how we might serve him as we encourage others to become part of God’s family.
When God considers our lives, is He able to rejoice over evidence of spiritual growth?
Perhaps a good way of thinking about the question of growth is to try answering the following personal questions:
Have we become more patient in our homes?
Have our spirits become more thankful?
Have we become quicker to forgive and slower to bear a grudge?
Has our love for God and His Church grown stronger?
Have we become more likely to encourage than to criticise?
Have we become kinder and more gracious in our dealings with others?
Have we become quicker to trust God when a problem comes into our lives?
Have our reactions to difficult people become more godly?
Have we become better at rejoicing and weeping alongside others?
Have we become better at consistently showing love to our nearest and dearest?
Are we growing in a spiritual sense? As we answered the personal questions could we see that Jesus is changing us? If not, don’t be discouraged. By studying His Word allow Him, verse by verse and little by little to change you. God speaks to us through His Word during our quiet times and at church. We need to pray that God will help us grow in our faith, put into practice what He has taught us and that He will guide us as we bear fruit where He has placed us.
1 Peter 2: 1-3 “rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
Adapted from Inspirations (Resource for Women’s ministry PCI)
First & Second
Markethill Presbyterian Church 2007
Design and Development by Jim Reaney