Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Monday, September 17, 2012

Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Growth
(pine seedling)

Every so often I like to plant a tree.
Many of the seedlings I plant
are obtained during Earth Day
and are free.

This pine seeding was nothing more than
a sprig with a small, thin, tender root
when I planted it a couple of years ago.

When we are first saved
through the death and resurrection
of Jesus Christ (the Son of God)
we are tender babes in faith
needing to grow and mature.

We need the Water of Life,
the breath of God's Spirit,
and exposure to His light.

We must also continually remove
the weeds that could stunt
our growth (or worse)...
applying layers of mulch
that will help guard us
against temptation.

"For this reason,
since the day we heard about you,
we have not stopped praying for you
and asking God to fill you
with the knowledge of his will
through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
And we pray this in order
that you may live a life
worthy of the Lord
and may please him in every way:
bearing fruit in every good work,
growing in the knowledge of God,
being strengthened with all power
according to his glorious might
so that you may have
great endurance and patience,
and joyfully giving thanks to the Father,
who has qualified you to share
in the inheritance of the saints
in the kingdom of light.”

- Colossians 1:9-12 NIV

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