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With technology literally putting the world at our fingertips, there is a pervasive desire in our world for instantaneous gratification. We often expect answers, results and solutions right now. However the apostle Paul in his instruction to the church at Ephesus charged us all that we "GROW" in Christ.
By its very definition, there's nothing instant about the word "GROW."
GROW...verb...definition: to undergo natural development by increasing in size and changing; to progress to maturity. To become larger or greater over a period of time; to increase.
Simply stated, to GROW requires a process. That process requires time and faithfulness.
It's easy to want the product, but overlook or even avoid the process. However product only comes after process.
Our goal as believers individually is to GROW daily in Christ that we might bring Him glory and expand His kingdom. (Eph. 4:15)
Our goal as a church corporately is ultimately to GROW with new believers being added consistently to God's church. (Acts 2:47)
This mandate that the church and believer GROW is God's idea. (Matt. 11:12)
Not only did Jesus declare it, but as we look at the Church's history in the Book of Acts, we see a distinguishable pattern of growth set in the first two Chapters.
They grew from 12, to 120, to about 3000, to where the Lord was adding to the church daily.
Our prayer in 2016 is that as we continue to submit ourselves to GROW daily in Him, that He would meet our efforts and give the increase needed to advance His Kingdom. (1Cor. 3:6)