The Growth Choice
We grow when we commit to grow. When we choose to grow.
Growth is a choice. Spiritual growth is not automatic. People can grow older without growing up. We must choose to do the habits. We must choose to make the effort. We make a choice.
Now let me ask a very personal question. A year from today how different do you intend to be? Do you intend to be stronger or still stuck in the same problems you are right now? You want to be moremature or you want to still be the way you are right now? It's your choice.
A year from today some of the people reading this are going to be much better people, much strongerpeople, much more mature people and others, they're going to be the exact same. Why? Because they never actually intended to grow. They weren't willing to pay the price.
The bottom line is, we're as close to God as we choose to be. It's our choice. If you feel far from God, God didn't move. You're as close to God as ... “Well if my husband, if my wife, if my parents, if my brother, if my sister, if my girlfriend.” Stop blaming anybody else. You're as close to God as you wantto be. It is a choice and growth is a choice. Some people quite frankly are not willing to make the effort and take the discipline and build the habits in order to grow.
So, do you really want to grow? To find freedom in the areas you need breakthrough. If so, how badlydo you want to grow? If so, what are you willing to do to grow? Because, if you’re not willing to get into the Word and build good spiritual habits, then you don't really want to grow. What you want is convenience. See here's what God says, he puts it pretty bluntly in
Jeremiah 29:13 (MSG) When you come looking for me, you’ll find me…when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else.
When we say, "God, I have to grow. I'm tired of being a spiritual baby. I don't like being manipulatedby my moods, by the opinions of others. I don't like being a people pleaser. I don't like the fears and anxieties and worries. I don't like the depression. I don't like the problem I have with anger and I don't like all these. God, I want to grow up. I want to be a woman of God. I want to be a man of God. I wantto man up and be strong and steady and stable." Well, that's a choice.
What's the action step? I Make A COVENANT with others.
You covenant with others. A covenant, we grow faster when we make a decision with other peopleand we do it in community. It's easier to change when other people are changing with us. It's easier to go on a diet when other people go on a diet with us. It's easier to exercise when we've got a partner. It's easier to grow when we make a covenant with other people to grow.
The epitome of immaturity is the guy who won't commit to anything. The fear of commitment is the ultimate example of immaturity. The only way you grow is by making commitments and growing into it.
Will you commit to growth?