Growth is a sign of life. Only things that are alive grow. Are you growing? You may not be changing your pant size but others should still be able to see signs of growth in you. You will be changing, maturing, bearing fruit in your life when you are experiencing growth.
Jesus was concerned about our growth. He talked about growth often and He used illustrations of things that grow. He always wanted us to grow and to grow more in Him.
I’ve been thinking about growth a lot lately. We are currently harvesting tomatoes in the garden and feasting on their delicious goodness! (Hot house tomatoes shouldn’t even be called tomatoes if you ask me!) These tomatoes were first noticed as flowers on the plants, then as tiny green balls on the stalk, then as larger green fruit and now are turning to yellow, orange and finally “tomato” red!
I think we can compare our own spiritual growth to tomatoes. In the flower stage we have accepted Christ and His beauty has bloomed into our life. We are different and others can see, sometimes overtly, and other times subtlety, that we are not the same as we were before.
Then the first sign of the fruit appears. We see little signs of commitment and service that lets us know that we are beginning to develop our lives for Him. We find our selves reading the Bible once in awhile, we volunteer to help with the children or work on a project.
As our growth continues, our fruit begins to swell. We are hungry for the nutrients of His Word. We are seeking out stronger connections to His people and to what His people are involved in. We drink deeply in Worship and it feeds us.
Finally, we begin the stage of ripening. We change more in color and beauty. We are deeply connected to Him and we are noticeable to others. We spend time in prayer and we are found serving others regularly. We might be found mentoring others who are growing further “down the vine”. We might be preparing our hearts for the harvest of eternal life. We are highly useful now in His kingdom work.
What stage of growth are you in? As you reassess your fall clothes, what do you need for this next season? Have you out grown your current spiritual place and begun growing into the next stage? If you are not growing you are not living, and Jesus wants us to live and to live fully in Him! Jesus said in John 15 “My Father is the gardener.” Ask God how He can help you grow and produce for Him. Use His gardening manual, the Bible, to feed you so that you will continue to grow. Our Pastoral Staff is very interested in helping each of us to grow as we are growing ourselves. Let’s get together. I’ll bring the tomatoes, you bring the salt!