Tag Archive | growth

It’s Really Jesus Doing The Work

So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. — 1 Corinthians 3:7-8

How humbling and revealing these verses are. It is a wonderful thing to lead someone to the Lord — exhilarating, exciting, pleasing and a bit of pride can slip in thinking that “we” led someone to the Lord. Truth is revealed here. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit and in obedience to Christ we share the gospel. The Lord is the one who changes the heart of the person to whom we are speaking. So the only part we play is surrender and willingness to be used for God’s purpose and glory.

As some of you may remember I spent two years with my Mom and Dad caring for their needs in another state, away from my family. While I was there the Lord taught me the reality of these verses. I often thought about my family and how I was not there to speak of Jesus and be an influence on them. How in the world are they going to continue to follow and grow in their relationship without me there to remind them and be an example?!!!

I tell you that my family grew in ways that blew my mind in those two years and the only real influence I had was my time of prayer for them each day. I had to rely on the Lord to change their lives and be the reminder that He is alive, loves and is with them always.

Jesus can do more and be more of an influence on your family than you can. Our focus needs to be on our relationship with Jesus. The closer our walk with Him the more influential we are to others “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13) Are you willing to surrender to the will of God and let Him use you to lead others to Jesus? He is waiting to transform you into a witness of His glory.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Like Newborn Babies

like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, — 1 Peter 2:2

“like newborn babies”. As I watch my new granddaughter long for the milk, sometimes not very quietly, every two to three hours it brings to mind that she needs this to grow big and strong. Most newborn babies lose weight their first week of life but my granddaughter has gained a quarter pound already. She longs to feed. She needs it, longs for it, cries for it and is not satisfied until she is full.

I thought, how do I long for the Word of God? If I am going to grow in my salvation I need to feed on the Word of God. I need to long for it as a baby longs for milk. Is my desire so strong that I cry out for it if I am not fed regularly?

Are you losing weight or gaining weight? The Word is necessary for growth in your Christian faith. How many meals do you miss in a day? How many opportunities pass by you to be in the Word in a day? Are you suffering from malnutrition? Why not try some Word today and nourish your spiritual life. Give it a try, it may be as honey to your lips.

How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! — Psalm 119:103

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon