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Growth in Christ

Right before the new year I picked up a book titled “Daily Readings from the Life of Christ” by John MacArthur.  I have never been consistent at reading and meditating on the Bible daily.  I decided that this year I wanted that to be a focus of my day, that I start it out spending a few minutes reading and praying.  I wanted to share something it says in the book:

“The rapid pace of twenty-first century living is not very conducive to setting aside time to slow down, read the Bible, and pray and meditate on God’s Word.  Yet such activity ought to be the daily priority of every Christian – it is the primary way God leads us in our sanctification.  Just as physical nourishment is essential to physical life, so spiritual nourishment is essential to spiritual life – your growth in Christ depends on it.”

If you are struggling with this aspect of life as well, or have never really attempted to do it; I just wanted to give you some encouragement.  One of the things I am struck by so far in this very young year, is the difference we can make just by living a life full of hope.  The people around us don’t have much hope right now.  The things they have spend their life “hoping” in are no longer looking all that great.  Whether it’s their savings account, their career, their standard of living, even their political ideology – all these things are letting them down.  They’re lost, they’re confused, they’re depressed, etc.  However, for us as Christians, this is the perfect time to renew our strength in Jesus.  We have a hope that will never fail, and we need to live that out in our daily lives.  There has never been a better time to witness to the lost that our hope is not their hope, and through us God will do amazing things.

If you’re not doing so already, set aside 5-10 minutes each day to pray for lost people in your life by name.  We are all surrounded by lost people, whether it’s co-workers, friends, or even our children.  Spend focused time praying to God for their sake.  I believe you will be amazed by the opportunities he will open for you, as you focus yourself more on others and Christ.

Matthew 9:35-38        “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few, therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

I don’t think those words could resonate much stronger than they do today.


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