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Be Still and Grow

We live in an age when Christian parenting and Christian service is equated with feverish, exhausting activity seven days a week. The common thinking is the more activity, the greater our spirituality and service. Years ago I remember hearing a Christian solo sung that contained the phrase “Let me burn out for Thee.”  I’m not convinced that serving Christ needs to result in “burn out”.   I have been serving God for well over fifty years now and so far I have never experienced “burn out”.  To the contrary, I feel invigorated.

There is a tendency in churches to put new converts to work immediately teaching Sunday School classes and serving in church offices.  Of course, we want to see young Christians serving the Lord as soon as they are ready; but we must first give them time to get rooted in the Word of God and start growing.  

Before Jesus sent out His twelve Apostles (sent ones),  He called them to become Disciples (learners).  The best thing a young Christian can do is to become faithful in church attendance and learn to feed on God’s Word in church and in his own private devotional time at home.  In I Peter 2:2 we are urged  “As new born babes, desire the pure milk of the Word that ye may grow.”    

In James 3:1 we are warned not to be too anxious to teach. You may be a gifted, well-trained teacher, but it takes time sitting under the teaching of God’s Word to grasp the message of the Bible, before you are ready to teach it. 

Saul of Tarsus, a trained, educated teacher of the Law of God needed three years of concentrated study with Christ in the Arabian Desert before Christ sent Him out as an Apostle to the Gentiles.  Galatians1:15-24. 

When God created the world, He created trees to grow.  He saved you and me to grow.  We grow as we are planted in a Bible preaching church. Read Psalm 92:12-14. As I write this article we are presently considering  Psalm 46:10 on Sunday evenings. “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the heathen. I will be exalted in the earth.” 

Growth takes place in quiet times and in quiet places.  As infants nurse quietly at their mother’s breasts, as sheep graze quietly in green pastures and beside still waters, so we must be still to know God.  He speaks to us in a still small voice. I Kings 19:11-13 

Growth takes place slowly, quietly and imperceptibly by degrees.  II Cor. 3:18 teaches us that as we behold the glory of God in our Bible study, the Spirit of God changes us from one degree of glory to another into the image of Christ.  

Growth requires that we make choices and commitments.  Faithfully attending church is a choice we must make week after week.  Reading the Bible and spending time in prayer is a choice we must make each day. Two sisters, Mary and Martha, made choices recorded in Luke 10:42.  Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet and learn while Martha was cumbered about with many house-hold chores.  Martha became disgruntled because her sister would not help her.  Jesus corrected Martha by teaching her that Mary had made the right choice.  Of course, there’s a time and a need to cook and clean the house, but it’s not while you have the opportunity to be taught the Word of God. Those who are taking time to study God’s Word grow: not only in knowledge; but also in the grace of Christ,  II Peter 3:14-18 teaches us.  

Look again at Psalm 46: 6  and  note that while we believers are learning to be still and know God,  the heathen are raging all around.  While we are passionately loving God and His Word, the heathen are passionately raging against Christ and those who belong to Him.  That is so obvious in
America, is it not?  There are those in this nation who have no agenda or purpose in life but to rage against Christ and against those leaders  who love Him.  

 

We see the contrast again in Psalm 1 and 2.  In chapter 1 Christians are likened to fruitful trees planted by rivers.  The ungodly are likened to chaff blown away by the wind. 

In chapter 2 we see the heathen raging against God.  Whereas Christians are passionate in their love for God,  the heathen are passionate in their hatred of God and of those who belong to God.  Only when we are passionate about God and living for Him and doing His will, is passion a good emotion. Certainly that would include a passionate love for our God-given spouse and family.  All other passions may possibly crowd God out of our lives.   Music, sports, hobbies, entertainment, and anything else that consumes us can be sinful.  To have an interest  in these things is not sinful.  To spend some time and money in these interests is not sinful.   These interests only become sinful when they become our passion. You see, passion is so intense that it tends to crowd God out of our lives. Thus, passion for anything or anyone before God  becomes idolatry. 

For what or for whom are you passionate? 

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December 11, 2006 - Posted by | Be Still

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