As we embark on this next few weeks of the election season and everyone in the world is stating their position, I want to challenge you to reflect and consider what is your position in your own personal growth in Christ. Our political position is all well and good but personally, my political position has not ever changed my world. Position is a verb and can be defined as putting or arranging (something or someone) in a particular place or way. It requires some ACTION on you and I’s part. We cannot just sit back, not show up for Church AND be IN Church, not read our bible, not spend time with Gods people and expect growth. It’s like planting a seed in a garden and never watering it, allowing sunlight get to it, never taking care of the dirt the seed sits in. We all know what would happen, the seed would just stay a seed and never grow into the plant it was meant to be!!
Matthew 13:2323 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
1 Peter 2:2 2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, 3 now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
Often times, we look at where others are spiritually and compare ourselves to them. We want to be in the same place they are but we forget how many years they have spent positioning themselves to grow. First of all, God only desires for us to compare ourselves to Him and not to others. Secondly, we want the fruit but we don’t want to do the work to get the fruit.
Luke 10:2 2 These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.
If you are reading this and feeling God’s conviction, confess it and turn away from it. If this is you, there is still time to change and position yourself for growth. I am going to share with you some of the things that have worked for me.
- Go to church and BE IN CHURCH!!! I know I am going to step on some toes here but it is important to be at service on time, be in worship and listen to the sermon. I cannot tell you how many times during worship or the sermon, God has convicted me of something. Sometimes expectedly but often times totally unexpected. It is through hearing the word of God that the direction of my life has been changed.
- Read your Bible daily!!! It is our daily bread. Again, you must place yourself in a position to have time to read your bible. Are you staying up late and then to tired to get up ready it before your work day starts? Is it not a priority? Is spending time with your kids and their activities taking priority over reading your bible? Is keeping your house clean a priority over reading your bible? Is your hobbies or own personal activities above reading your bible? Is keeping up on social media, the news, current political events taking priority over reading your bible? These are just a few of the top things that have interfered over the years with me positioning myself for growth.
- Fellowship with other Christians!!! This is important on so many levels. Not only do you receive friendship here but also encouragement, accountability, and prayer. Being in fellowship has again positioned me for growth. I can think of so many times and ways that others have convicted me of wrong thinking or doing, encouraged me to step out in faith where I didn’t feel qualified or equipped, held me be accountable to changes in my life, challenged me in my walk of faith. Where would I be today, if I chose not to be in relationship with these people because of fear.
All of this requires ACTION on your part!!! God will provide for you if you just POSITION yourself for growth!!