Time to Grow

Read: 2 Peter 3:14-18

August is a difficult time for things to grow. It is hot, dry, and usually brown. It reminds me of times in our lives when our spiritual growth seems to resemble those characteristics. If we are not careful those dry times can become the norm instead of the exception. Remember, the brown grass was green not to long ago. It will not always be brown.

Our church has a vision statement that encourages us to grow and mature in God’s Word and our spiritual lives. This is something that we have to be intentional about. It requires us to give time, attention, and care to our spiritual lives and our relationship with Christ and others.

In his book “First Things First”, A. Roger Merrill tells of a business consultant who decided to landscape his grounds. He hired a woman with a doctorate in horticulture who was extremely knowledgeable. Because the business consultant was very busy and traveled a lot, he kept emphasizing to her the need to create his garden in a way that would require little or no maintenance on his part.

He insisted on automatic sprinklers and other labor-saving devices. Finally she stopped and said, “There’s one thing you need to deal with before we go any further. If there is no gardener, there’s no garden!” In this same way, there are no labor-saving devices for growing a garden of spiritual virtue. Becoming a person of spiritual fruitfulness requires time, attention, and care.

Peter encourages us in this passage to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We need to take time as Christians to do that. We need to be intentional about staying well grounded in God’s Word and becoming more like him instead of more like the world. This will take some time in our busy schedules, but it will be well worth it now and for all of eternity.

Make it personal: Some years ago the Nike shoe company coined the slogan “Just Do It.” They were trying to encourage people to be intentional about things. I thought of that slogan as I wrote today’s meditation. When it comes to our spiritual growth we need to block out some time to be with God, pray, and study His Word. In manys ways we just need to do it!

Have a blessed week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church