Day 10 – January 15
Philippians 2:12-15(NLT) Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. 14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
How hard are you willing to work to show what has happened to you? We know that we are saved by grace and kept by grace, thank God for His grace! We are also called to display the grace that we have received. We do not work to receive grace, that won’t be grace. We do, however, have to work hard to show that we have experienced God’s grace. How much effort do you apply to live out your faith?
We have all heard the old saying; “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” Meaning if anything is worth doing it is worth doing well and having a well thought out process to it, aka a plan. Many of us plan our vacations better than our spiritual lives and growth. Do you have a spiritual growth plan? Is it written down somewhere? We work harder on things that will not matter in the future rather than that which will last forever. We fail to grasp that we have to be deliberate in engaging in God’s process for growth. Growth is not automatic, only weeds grow automatic, but crops that have value need to be planted. What are you planting for a spiritual harvest?
Those who are willing to work on their spiritual growth has a healthy respect and fear for the Lord. They also understand that they don’t work alone, and that God does not ask us to do something that He does not empower us to do. The reason some of us don’t grow spiritually is because we have developed an appetite for the things that hinder us rather than help us. Here’s what is so powerful, if we work with God, He will give us the desire and power to do what pleases Him. You don’t have to stress it! You don’t have to sweat it! You just have to pray, plan, pursue and persist in it.
The greatest demonstration and proof that you are working with the Lord, is the absence of a spirit of arguing and complaining. Complaining just shows that we are ungrateful and arguing just shows that we are prideful. Instead, we grow in our innocence and we delight in the process, because we want to do what pleases our Father!
Why is our growth so important? Because it displays to people that there is a God who loves them and that there is a better way to live. Instead of crooked and perverse, we can live wholesome and pure. When will you start taking your spiritual growth serious enough that it will change the way you plan your life? If not now, then when?
- Start by thanking the Lord that He is working in your life.
- Ask the Lord to forgive you where you have been arguing and complaining.
- Pray so that your life will draw others to Christ and that you would be a light for His glory.
- Pray for the knowledge to plan for growth, the wisdom to pursue it and the strength to finish it.