I don’t know how it works everywhere around the globe, but here in the American midwest the seasons of the year are noticeably different. This plays a major role in the process of growing a garden.
Well-groomed gardens require different activities according to the season, and those activities occur daily.
This very same principle of ongoing growth is also very evident and necessary in any faith community in which God is actively working to grow and change lives.
So we must continue to invest in the people around us, serving them, receiving from them, and letting God use those experiences to grow us into communities that create results and change lives for the better. We must recognize that significance occurs within the day-in, day-out process of interacting with others.
Just as we make changes in our gardens according to the seasons of the year, so we must adapt to changes within our communities as they struggle, grow, get pruned, grow some more, and flourish. When the harsh circumstances of winter come, for instance, we must huddle together (like the penguins!) in order to sustain one another.
When the spring and summer months provide us the opportunities, we must share in the work of planting and nourishing. And when it’s time for the harvest, we must be willing to serve and celebrate all that God has done and is doing.
~ Excerpted from A Significant Life by Jim Graff
Before we just assume that this is happening within the faith community we are a part of, let me pose a few questions to consider:
Do you see evidence of God working to grow people in your church family?
What season of the growth cycle is your faith community experiencing?
In what ways are you involved with others in sharing the journey of following hard after Jesus?
Are you praying for your church family, inviting God’s Spirit to work in the lives of others?
In what ways are you personally investing in the lives of others to encourage their growth in Christ?
Are you surrendered to what God is wanting to do in and through you?
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