The days are getting shorting and the nights longer. The seeds and labor of days gone by are now beginning to yield its harvest. Many factors go into a successful harvest, sun, soil, water, and work. Growing takes preparation and dedication. Last month we looked at the “Know” part of our Mission Statement, “Know, Grow, Go.” This month we will look at “Grow.”
Knowledge is an important first step but growing is active in the sense that it involves preparation. Growing fruits or vegetables requires the preparation of clearing, tilling, planting, pruning, and watering and yet with all the preparation you cannot “make” some grow, only prepare for it. Body building is much the same way. Training the body and lifting weights actually breaks the body down and as a response to the stress the body with proper preparations of rest and nutrition will be built stronger.
Our faith will grow through times of stress, if we remember proper Sabbath (rest) time to reconnect with God, and a diet of His Word. The larger body of Christ will grow when the members that make up the body grow and when then cultivate an atmosphere that allows for God to grow in our midst, and in the world.
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” 1 Corinthians 3:6 We may have different gifts, callings, and tasks in this cultivation process, but the goal is the same, to allow God to grow inside each of us and to prepare the seed of God to grow well around us. When we grow closer to God and understand his work in the world, then we are able to see other believers as companions instead of competitors. It is in preparing that growth can happen. We prepare, but God is the giver.
As we look ahead to the “Go” part of our mission statement next month we are reminded as God grows, we must go into the harvest fields. “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38