My daughter threw her head back and laughed, then shaking her head, said, “Mommy, it is God who makes me grow.”
These were her words of wisdom when I asked her if she could stop growing up so fast. She already understood that growth was not of human hands. Silly me.
Yes, God makes her grow. But would she grow and develop as intended if she lacked proper nourishment for her mind, body, and soul? The answer is obvious.
Yes, growth happens naturally, but she will not reach her potential without intentional nurture.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wrestled with what is within the realm of my responsibility for spiritual growth, and what am I to relinquish to God?
Essentially, what is my job and what is His?
When I look to God’s Word I find tension. Tension can be uncomfortable, which is why most of us don’t care to embrace it. How can we be both responsible to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:11), yet relinquish control to God who works in us to will and to act according to his good purpose (Phil 2:12)?
To avoid the discomfort tension creates, we often gravitate towards one of two extremes—we either try to do everything on our own, or we completely “let go and let God,” taking no responsibility at all.
Rather than trying to erase tension, we need to embrace it.
This is precisely what this bite-size Bible study is about— embracing the tension by taking responsibility for the environment and surrendering the growth to God.
In the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13), there is only one kind of soil where seeds of truth actually grow to be fruitful and productive.
The life we want—one that is fruitful and productive, is grown by God as seeds of truth are sown in good soil.
How do we cultivate this good soil? To explore this question, we will unpack a parable (story) found in the Bible in Matthew 13—The Parable of the Sower.
What do you need to participate in Cultivate?
- Willingness. No previous Bible study experience is required. If this is your first time to get into the Word of God, I’m THRILLED you’ll be coming along.
- 10 minutes a day from the first part of your day to get into the Word so you have a bite-size piece of truth to chew on with God throughout the day. Remember, the goal isn’t a checkmark, but truth, time and the chance to talk about it.
- A Bible. It’s the Word we are getting into. Hard copy or digital is fine.
- A friend. Someone to talk to. If you can’t find one, you can talk to me! And, of course the goal is that you realize the friend you have in Jesus, as you dialogue with Him. But any road trip is more fun with a friend!
This 40-day journey together will begin on Monday, October 2, 2017.
Consider this a personal invitation. And yes, that means you!
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