Fields of growing

Are you growing?

Yesterday my husband and I drove out to our farm to check on things. It was a beautiful day,
the sun was high, and everything was blooming. I especially enjoyed seeing the growth of the
corn crop. It was so high and full. There is something about seeing a plant go from seed to
maturity that is satisfying and refreshing. Growth is beautiful to behold in nature, yet there is
another special type of growth that is even more beautiful: spiritual growth.

Why is spiritual growth important? I think this is a valid question, because I am afraid we are
not seeing enough of it today. Simply stated, spiritual growth makes us more effective servants
of the Lord. We cannot remain infants in our faith if we desire to impact the world for Christ. We
should delight in the daily preparation that fuels our spiritual growth. What can we do on a
regular basis to make this happen?

The first thing we must do is drink in the Word of God. A lot of Christians, as born out through
many reliable surveys, tend to “sip” the Word. But we need to drink. We need to read it and ask
ourselves how we can apply it. We should study the good book and talk to others who are
doing the same. By filling ourselves with His Word, we are filling up with power from above.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing
even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner
of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) The second thing we must do is pray.
Jesus often took time to pray and so should we. It is on our knees that we get to know the
Father better and He gives us the strength and wisdom we need for each day.

Are you growing? If not, getting into the Word of God and prayer will start the growth process.
You will begin to flourish and others will see the difference in you. You will become a beautiful
plant in God’s garden and your fruit will last for eternity!

Johnna Carroll

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