Greener Every Day
As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. COLOSSIANS 2:6-7
Not long after I was born in 1948, someone gave my mother a little blue ceramic vase shaped in the form of baby booties. And in that vase was a small philodendron plant. Not that special.
I brought that vase home from my mother's house a few years ago. Its edges were a bit calcified—a crust of minerals had been left after the evaporation of all the water that had been poured into it over the years. But that original green plant was still in there. Still living. Still growing. In fact, when we added some fresh soil and a little plant food into the mix, it began to strengthen again.
Almost 60 years old, and still going strong.
To me, that little plant is an ongoing reminder of what happens when you are continually watered by the Word, when you're repeatedly fed by relationship with our Creator and Sustainer. That plant sits there as old as I am—almost to the day—yet still maintains its health, vitality and potential for growth.
There's life in being what God has called us to be. Life in obedience. Life in ongoing service and witness. Life in being a follower of Jesus Christ, finding our joy in seeking Him for daily direction and purpose.
Spiritual growth is a command from the Scriptures. As our passage for today says, "As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude." But more than a command, it is God's invitation to life and fulfillment, to become a person who is still growing at every age.
Think of two or three areas where God has really been growing you lately. Name two or three other areas that could use some watering and feeding.
Thank God for continuing to use us as reflections of His life and glory. And thank Him for being at work in us and making this happen.