It’s Time to Grow Up
Yes, growing up.
Everyone grows old, that’s inevitable, but it’s time for us to grow up.
If we aren’t growing then there is something wrong. Think of it in terms of a child. As a baby we need to grow and mature. If for some reason there is no growth (getting taller, gaining weight, learning to walk/talk) then there is something wrong and some type of change needs to begin to take place in order for us to be functional.
These past few weeks I have been looking for different areas in my life where I need to grow, specifically spiritually and in my relationship with Jesus. I’ve been a Christian for many years but have never truly been progressing in my relationship with Jesus. Yes, I knew who He was; I had accepted Him as my Savior, but I was still focused on doing what I wanted and not seeking what He had for my life. At the end of January, I was able to serve in the choir at the Passion Conference in Houston and never could I have imagined the change that took place in my heart. Since that weekend, I have truly been seeking ways to grow and specifically listening to God and focusing on what He has planned for me instead of my own desires and what I think would be fun or exciting in the moment.
As a child, when we are growing physically, we have growing pains, which is a normal process we go through. I know these physical growing pains all too well since I’m 6’6”. If we don’t have any growing pains in our life then we are not really growing. The same thing applies to our spiritual life. God tells us in John 16:33, that “In this world you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart (or courage), because I have overcome the world.” God literally tells us that things will get hard; however, it is through these trials we are given that God wants us to be able to grow. If we don’t put all of our faith in God during a trial, we will fail. We will stay stagnant in our faith, and in some cases lose our faith in God all together because we think that He isn’t with us anymore, which is not true. During these tests we need to place every ounce of trust we have in God and be obediently listening to Him. It’s in the daily trials and tests that we go through when growing takes place. No, it’s not always going to be easy, but if we are serious about growing our faith and relationship with Jesus then we need to trust and believe with all our hearts that He is fighting for us in every situation. Jesus is truly all we need. Once we realize this then we will be able to start to see how He is working in us and through us in a way that we could never have imagined.
Luke 2:40 states, “The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” As we grow in Christ we will gain more knowledge and have a better relationship with Jesus. This growth will allow us to, in turn, help others. If we aren’t willing to put in the time for God to grow in us internally, we will not see the fruit externally. We need to remove all the distractions in our life in order for change and growth to be able to take place, whether that be issues from the past or insecurities we may have. Make room for God. Healthy things grow, and if the Spirit of God is in us, there should and will be growth.
Moses tells us in Deuteronomy 31:6 and 8, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” If that doesn’t fill you with joy, then something is wrong! How amazing it is to know that God is always with us, even if we don’t always fully believe it. God wants us to succeed in everything we do in life while giving Him glory and making His name famous.
On a personal level, I have started having these “growing pains” in my life, specifically with what God wants me to do after graduation. From depression to doubting myself and my abilities, this past week has been very challenging for me. However, it is in these moments of doubts that I need to fix my eyes on Jesus, the very one who created me to serve Him.
A speaker named Christine Caine shared something that blew my mind at Passion last month. She specifically talked about how God will use the willing. Luke 10:2 states, “He told them, ‘the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” It doesn’t say that the harvest is few, or the conferences are few, the worshippers are few, the speakers are few, or even just Christians in general are few; Jesus specifically says the WORKERS are few. Once we decide to fully give everything to Jesus is when our whole world will be shaken in a positive way. I have been specifically praying that God will open doors where He wants me to be and close the ones where I don’t need to be. Never could I have imagined the move I am about to make in May, whether it will just be one year or the rest of my life, I am certain that God has opened a door for me that will rock my world. However, I also truly believe that He is leaving another door open to see if I am fully committed to serving Him, or if I will stick with my own plans. Thankfully I can say that I am at peace with the fact that I am not going through that door. I am giving my all to Him and expecting phenomenal things that I can’t even image.
I was having a conversation with an amazing friend that God placed in my life recently about my future and the doubts I was having and he had some of the best advice I have ever received and will be able to hold on to for forever. He said, God uses the willing, not necessarily the equipped. However, whom He calls, He will equip. I sometimes have doubts about my future and think that I can’t do certain things, but I don’t have doubts about how powerful my God is and I know that He will give me the tools and ability to do His work as long as I continue to trust in Him with everything I have.
Luke 1:37 states, “For nothing is impossible with God.”
I’m about to be on an amazing journey, growing everyday, helping to spread the name of Jesus and I cannot wait!
Thank you Lord for your blessings on me. I pray that I never take you for granted and that I can continue to grow into the person you want me to be. Help me to become more like you so people can see You in everything I do.