Growth by definition is a process. Why do our brains then think as soon as a journey begins that we should have it all figured out? At least we can get to a point to just remind ourselves, “take it easy this is a process.”
Have you ever seen someone come in to church wearing very revealing clothes? Then let me ask you another question, do you remember being a new Christian and not knowing how to dress for church or what is appropriate to even talk about?
It has been brought to my attention lately that we have a subconscious thought process that people (including ourselves) should just have it figured out. While, it is a process!
It can be hard to discern peoples level of growth in maturity especially if they have an outgoing, take charge – I know what I’m doing type personality. That still could mean they are growing in who they are and where their convictions are.
Mature Christians will invite these types in with wide open arms. Let the Holy Spirit do the work that you see needs to be done in their heart. Over time in Gods presence change and growth is inevitable. It’s quite beautiful actually to see it happen in someone’s life.
In a whole other growth category, we always expect that we should be the most mature person and have it figured out but gosh! I hope I never feel like I’ve arrived in my life’s journey. God is always doing a work! When you’ve been a Christian for 20 years he may suddenly reveal to you some basic mindsets that you have that are so worldly. God may reveal friends/relationships or comforts that you have that are completely destructive to your growth.
Wow! I have personally been in that first category before and lately I’ve been in this second category where God is seriously uprooting some thought processes about myself and people that are destructive and he’s getting me away from all of my comforts (people, places, even social media!) to make sure this work is full and complete.
Guys! When God says He will complete a good work in you – He will do it! Lean into it, don’t run. You can’t anyway, so save yourself some time and frustration with your season. See it as a blessing and remind yourself it’s a blessing daily if you need to!
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
When we see the mess that needs to be removed, give yourself grace, repent and move forward in faith and hope! Do not condemn yourself or expect immediate amazing results. Growth is a process, it’s messy and just be thankful you see the things that need to change NOW. It’s a blessing! Growth is a blessing!
“Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.”
2 Peter 3:18 NLT