Grow, Grow, Grow

 

Read: Colossians 2:6-8 & Psalm 1:1-3

     In a recent TIME magazine article Microsoft creator and philanthropist Bill Gates shared a list of his most recent favorite books.  One of his quotes in that article especially stood out to me.  He said, “You don’t really start getting old until you stop learning. Every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently.”  I also found it interesting that this man who was a part of the computer generation still likes to read printed books that he can hold in his hands instead of books in digital form.

In Colossians 2 we are encouraged to find ways to continue to grow in our spiritual walk with Jesus and in our faith in God during all stages of life.  Paul writes, “Continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”  This is a reminder that we never get to a point in our lives in which we know it all or have experienced all that life has to offer.  Therefore, we must continue to learn, grow, and find ways to experience the love of God, the grace of Jesus, and the purpose God has for us.

In that same TIME magazine article Mr. Gates said that when he was a young boy he read through the entire set of World Book encyclopedias.  Yes, you read that correct.  He read through that whole set of twenty or more thick books that details so many things about life and our world.  He had a desire to learn and grow.  It is important that we have that same desire to learn and grow in the things of this world and most importantly in the things of God.

In the children’s department here at our church the kids love it when “Growbird” makes an appearance.  Growbird is a stuffed animal that looks like an Emu.  As the kids sing a song about growing in God’s Word and God’s ways his broomstick neck grows taller and taller and taller.  When the song talks about failing to do those things his neck shrinks back down.  It is a great reminder for the children of this need to grow, grow, grow in the Lord.  This week at the Community Vacation Bible School I keep hearing the teachers and kids repeat, “I will never stop Growing in God.”

Adults of all ages need this reminder from time to time.  Not everyone enjoys reading like Bill Gates and others, but all of us need to find ways to continue to grow and learn more about life, God, Jesus, and the hope that is found in the Lord.  Psalm 1 in the Message Bible says, “You thrill to God’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, never dropping a leaf, always in blossom.”  May that kind of spiritual growth be our desire throughout all the years of our life. 

Make it Personal: In what ways can you grow in your faith and life?  Maybe it’s reading God’s Word more often, praying more often, or attending a church worship service regularly.  Maybe it’s mending some fences and extending grace to someone.  Maybe it’s finding new ways to serve God and others.  Find ways to grow, whatever that might look like for you.

Have a blessed week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church