Open to Growth
Bible Reading: Matthew 13
We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
Our initial goal was to stop the addictions that made our lives unmanageable. Once that was done, we may have experienced some confusion about what should come next. We may now wonder what life should be like with our addictions out of the way. Being free from our addictions may produce opportunities for us to put our talents and abilities to work. If we don't find worthwhile outlets for the new life growing in us, we may become frustrated.
One of Jesus' parables relates to this. He said, "Other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!" (Matthew 13:8). He explained, "The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God's word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!" (Matthew 13:23).
Jesus described how God's Word, received and understood, can take root in people's lives. Its growth there will cause them to develop into the productive people God created them to be. There's great potential within each of us! As we accept God's perspective on our lives and respond openly to him, new life will sprout in us. This new life will then find expression in our talents and abilities. There's a world of opportunities for growth. As we take our inventory, we need to check for signs of frustration about not using our talents and look for ways to develop them.
As we admit our wrongs, the seeds of God's goodness and love blossom in our lives.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.