We are now past the time of the Christmas and New Year hustle and bustle,
though it doesn’t seem like it was that long ago. In February, we can relax in
the time after Epiphany, the green season without any special festivals.
We don’t see much green around us now as we look outside. As I write this
today, everything is snow-covered. Green makes us think of growth, but I
dare say that even under the snow, some growth continues whether it is
hibernating bear cubs or baby birds.
How shall we grow? We know our bodies need nutritious food. Is there
anything we can do to make ourselves grow spiritually? Ultimately, it is all
God’s work and yet we can be closer to and grow by virtue of time with God,
reading scripture, praying and being in fellowship with our sisters and
brothers in Christ. That’s our spiritual food. Paul teaches that “only
God…gives the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:7). However, Paul prayed for his
beloved churches, asking that they “be filled with the knowledge of God’s
will…as [they] grow in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9-10).
One aid in growth is Bible study. We can get a better handle on God’s will
as we study God’s Word, especially with others. Join us at 11 on Sundays in
my office. We’re currently studying the Book of Acts. It is also a time that
fosters prayer and fellowship. You’ll have time to get a snack and some
coffee, visit a bit and then join us.
Growth is good, but to what end? Is it just for ourselves? It is for the whole
body of Christ so that we can serve each other, but not only each other.
Paul also wrote, “15 But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every
way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body,
joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each
part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in
love” (Ephesians 4:15-17). The love from God is nurtured among us and will
overflow, touching those around us. We would explode if we tried to contain
it all ourselves.
To help prevent exploding, let’s share with each other what God has been
up to in our lives. Periodically during worship, I will ask a question about
where we see God at work or where did we find joy during the week or
something else along that line. The first time we shared together like this,
we got a great response. Be ready! You never know when you may get the
nudge to share what God’s been up to in your own life.