growing

This is my prayer: that your love might become even more and more rich with knowledge and all kinds of insight.

Philippians 1:9

Each and every day, I pray for my children.  They won’t be children much longer; they are growing up so fast.  Some parents lament how fast their children grow up, I don’t.  It’s what is supposed to happen.  They are supposed to grow and mature.  I don’t take it for granted, I pray for growth and maturation for them each day.

The same is true in our faith.  It’s meant to be a life long growing process.  The apostle Paul writes this to the new mission church in Philippi.  It’s a summary of his prayer for them.  He wants these new followers of Jesus to not only know God’s love, to grow and mature.

As we get older, more of that responsibility falls on us.  We are to take ownership of our faith and do something about it. My question for you today is, “What are you doing to grow and mature in faith?”

There are some tried and true methods for doing this, ways to grow our faith in the Lord – Prayer, meditation, bible reading, small groups, spiritual direction, mentoring – just to name a few.

I pray you are never satisfied with where you are in your faith life, that you are always hungry to mature and grow in knowledge and insight.

Here’s another nugget, God is waiting to reveal more to you.  I promise.  But over and over the bible encourages us to seek, for us to put in the effort to grow in faith.  And here’s the warning, growing comes with growing pains.  There is no Resurrection without the cross.

Prayer:  Lord, you have given me so much, and blessed me so much, but may I never be satisfied with good.   I want my faith to flourish and thrive.  Continue to work in me, to shape me, to mold me, for service in your kingdom.  Amen.