All month, as a church, we’ve been focusing on the idea of “GROW”
- Grow Deep
- Grow Strong
- Grow Together
- Grow Up
This week, we focus on Grow Up. The last couple of days, Pastor Matt has encouraged us to do this together…be part of community and make room for each other’s immaturity (including our own).
Do and Not Do
Let me add this. To Grow Up, we must continue to grow. Yeah, that’s deep…or simple. I don’t know, but it’s true.
The Apostle Peter says this about the subject,
17You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. -2 Peter 3:17-18 (ESV)
Peter seems to say we don’t grow for a period of time, but we grow and continue to grow. There is no end to our growing. There should be no end to our growing.
What does it mean to grow? Well in another simple (yet profound) phrasing, we do the things we know to do, and we don’t do the things we know not to do.
No, and that’s why so many people stop growing. They don’t want to do the hard work.
In her book, Wherever the River Runs, about her travels up and down the Amazon doing mission work, Kelly Minter says,
Conviction leads to transformation.
A seed transforms to a seedling, which transforms to a sapling, which transforms to a tree, which transforms to a mature tree. The transformation of a seed to mature tree is growth.
If we believe growth comes through doing the things we know to do, and not doing things we know not to do, then it begins with conviction.
Conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit. He prompts, nudges and sometimes screams to us things to do and not do. As Christians, convictions should be obeyed. It’s the beginning of transformation.
Most of us don’t like conviction. It means work. It means change. It’s not easy.
But then again, growth isn’t easy. If it was then everyone would be doing it.
So do the hard work. Listen to your conviction. Transform. Grow.