“Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught.” – Colossians 2:7 TLB
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 NLT
Spring is here! Summer is not far behind! Spring is the time of year where we see new growth everywhere. Trees that looked “dead” suddenly explode into new life, as leaves, flowers, and fruit make an appearance.
As Christians we are to grow our relationship with Jesus Christ so that we too will be producing “fruit” in our lives. It doesn’t matter what our age, or how long we have known God, we need to continue to grow in our relationship to Jesus Christ and to have lives deeply rooted in Him. Growth in our Christian life isn’t “automatic,” we need to provide the proper environment.
I want to congratulate our four confirmation youth: John Bushy, Alyssa and Ben Tincher, and Whitt Mach. And I want to remind you that confirmation is not a graduation, it’s the beginning of a new journey with Jesus. And to all our members and friends, I want to say: Keep Growing your relationship to God as we accompany these youth on their journey!
In the busyness of spring and summer, it is easy to let our relationship with Jesus “slide” into the background. Let me encourage and challenge all of us to continue to set the proper environment for growing our Christian lives this spring and summer with these three “C’s.”
- Connecting with God on a daily basis…through a daily devotional time with God in prayer and Bible reading. We must remain connected to Jesus if we expect our lives to produce spiritual fruit. A daily time with Jesus helps keep us connected.
- Consistently watering and fertilizing our Christian life through the Word of God. God’s Word is like a seed, planted in our lives. Bible study helps nourish our souls and help us recognize and pull out the weeds of sin.
- Cultivating Community through regular times of worship and fellowship with other Christians. The Christian life is not meant to be “just me and Jesus.” It is meant to be lived in relationship with other Christians. Our relationship with other Christians is one of the ways God helps us to grow… we can practice with one another what we are learning from God’s Word.
So practice these three “C’s” …and watch for fruit to spring forth…love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, among others.
Yes, spring is a time when we see new growth everywhere… Let’s keep growing in the Lord too!
Grace and Peace,