Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.
Growing is a thing that cannot be separated from everyday life. We certainly expect all aspects of our lives growing toward better. We make various efforts in order to obtain maximum growth and development in finance, business, health, appearance, relationships, family relationships, and get success continuously. But is all that suffice?
“…People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b)
Human beings have a tendency to only pay attention to what they see. We are busy with things to improve our performance in the presence of others. As women, we strive with all of power in order to our appearance remain attractive. We spend many hours to care for and beautify our physical. Even we are willing to “tormented” to get the ideal body shape. We become anxious just because there is a friend told to us that we are “Fat” Instead, we are happy when someone commented that we are “slim”.
It is not wrong if we doing the best for success in this world, just because it is our responsibility to God for all which entrusted in our lives. But we were created for something much higher and eternal. All the worldly achievements are temporary. Will we invest most of our time for the ephemeral things and even ignoring our eternal spiritual man? The Apostle Paul told the Hebrews that from the point of time they should have become a teacher, but apparently they still need to be taught about the basic principles and could not eat solid foods because they are still children. (Hebrews 5:11-14) As we want our children grow up and mature, God also wants us to grow up and get to know Him and live in His will. Are we’ve done for it?
“…train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1Timothy 4:7b-8)
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (John 12:24)
The spirit desire is always contrary with the flesh (Galatians 5:17). Spirit always wants to obey God, but the flesh is always pulled to the opposite direction! If we want to grow in Christ, we must be willing lead by the Spirit (Galatians 5:18). We should always put our desires under the God’s will. God will give strength and guided us through prayer and His Word everyday.
Like a seed sown in the ground, we do not know exactly how later he issued a bud, continues to grow into a huge tree even produces fruit (Mark 4:26-29). Something is going on in it even though we cannot see it. A process has turned it from a seed into something completely different, namely a tree full of branches, flowering, and fruiting.
Until when are we going to experience the process? Until we decided to stop growing! As long as we willing to grow, during that time we will continue to experience process. Each process will result in a change in us. How much change is highly dependent on our response in the face of every process is allowed God to experience by us. If we always give right response, submissive, and obedient to God, then we will achieve rapid and maximum growth. This makes the level of a person spiritual growth and maturity different from others.
A growing Christians will surely give an impact. Tiny mustard seed will grows into a big tree so that the birds of the air can nest in its branches (Luke 13:19). They no longer takes everything for themselves, but be a blessing to others.
People who grows in God will be more mature in dealing with circumstances and others. They have wisdom in making a decision, because they are getting to know God and be sensitive to the voice of God. The result is that they will be blessed and automatically be a blessing to others.
To get the ideal body shape and healthy, happily we exercise and dieting. We work hard day and night to develop our careers and businesses, even sometimes have to sacrifice time for family. We are willing to take the time, effort, and extra costs to achieve all that.
It is easy to grow in God. Just takes a willingness to do it. Start by having an intimate relationship with God every day and constantly live in fear of Him. Letting ourselves to be shaped by put our desires constantly under the God’s will and His Word. As time goes by, so we will continue to be guided to fulfill His plan.
By: Sella Irene – Beautiful Words
This article has been published in bahasa by SHARON MAGAZINE (Mawar Sharon Church Magazine) on September 3, 2014
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