Planning for Growth

(Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence)

Throughout the week we’ve focused on God working in unexpected people, in unexpected ways, and utilizing unexpected methods. We’ve seen that, ultimately, God will accomplish His purposes in His ways and in His timing. 

This may lead some to incorrectly believe that they have little to no responsibility for their own growth. They reason, if God will accomplish His purposes in His ways and in His timing, then I don’t really have any responsibilities. It’s all on Him! 

But this isn’t what the Scriptures teach. Instead, the Scriptures teach that while God has some specific responsibilities, we have responsibilities as well. In general, it’s good to consider:

  • What is God’s responsibility? 
  • What is my responsibility? 
  • What (if anything) is somebody else’s responsibility? 

When it comes to your own emotional and spiritual growth, you have some responsibility in that. It’s unwise to believe that by becoming a follower of Jesus you will immediately excel at loving God and loving others. It takes planning. It takes practice. It takes a desire to grow.

READING & PRAYERS:

     PSALM 121 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)

QUESTION: What steps have you taken to plan for your own emotional and spiritual growth? 

QUESTION: What steps will you take to plan for your own emotional and spiritual growth over the next week? Month? Year? Who is somebody who may be able to help you as you navigate through this plan? 

Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess there are times when I think that You, or my church, or somebody else is ultimately responsible for all of my emotional and spiritual growth. Today has been a great reminder that I have some responsibility in this as well. May I accept this responsibility and grow in my desire to love You and others well. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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