As I get the opportunity to work with all these thousands of children that God has placed in our path, I’ve been stuck on thoughts of growing lately. Growing in God more specifically. Not only how to disciple and help others to grow and ultimately grow new leaders for the hundreds and thousands that are coming to know Jesus every day, but driving it back to a personal level. How am I growing in God?
I know that God wants us to grow, to become perfected in Christ, being totally and utterly fulfilled and satisfied in Him, complete and lacking nothing. So here are some questions and thoughts that challenged me.
-Am I growing in my relationship with Christ? 2 Peter 3:17-18
18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ NIV
- Am I growing in my God given passion and gifts? Am I “stirring up” those gifts and exercising the passions that are in my heart?
- Am I growing in my love capacity, the ability to put the needs of others above my own?
15:1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me. NIV
- Am I growing in the area of community life? Doing life together is the best way to grow in our relationship with God and with each other. This is a family that can never be broken. As we get to know each other better we can know Christ in a deeper way. After all, we have “Christ in us, the hope of glory”
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. NIV