Growth Spurt

All the while you will grow… -Colossians 1:10

Here we are, still on Colossians 1:10. At this rate we will be studying the book of Colossians until next Christmas. Oh who am I kidding- we all know my attention span wouldn’t last that long. Unless, of course, this is one way the Lord is instilling patience into me (insert heavy sigh…)

For those of you who can’t remember yesterday (Christmas), let alone what you read about three days ago, here is a quick re-cap:

We are looking at Paul’s prayer for the church of Colosse. The first thing he prayed in Colossians 1:9 is that the church would have spiritual wisdom and understanding. We read in Colossians 1:10 that there are four benefits to having spiritual wisdom and understanding. We have covered the first two so far. They are a life that honors and pleases the Lord, and a life that produces good fruit.

According to the next few words in Colossians 1:10, the third result of spiritual wisdom and understanding is growth. But what exactly are we to grow in?

It doesn’t tell us in that verse what we will grow in. In order to know what that growth looks like we need to dig a little deeper and let scripture interpret scripture. In doing so I found three areas of growth. I am sure there are more, but as far as I am concerned three are enough for me to work on :).

Here is what I found:

Your faith will grow -2 Corinthians 10:5

The joy of your faith will grow -Philippians 1:25

Your love for one another will grow -2 Thessalonians 1:3

I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty good to me. I could use a little (or a lot) of growth in those areas. I could use a good growth spurt.

Last fall  I took my kids in for their annual physicals. My thirteen year old son had growth eight inches in less than a year! At five feet nine inches I now need to look up at him to give him instruction. Though the growth occurred over a period of time, I didn’t really notice it until the day I gave him a hug and my head landed in his armpit (not a pleasant place to land).

During his growth spurt, Thomas did not consciously do anything to promote the growth. He did not think tall thoughts, follow hopeful stretches like his sister did (she can’t stand that he passed her up in height), and he definitely did not eat a healthy, growth conscious diet. He just went about his business being himself, while his body did what it was designed to do.

We all know the definition of a growth spurt in terms of physical adolescence, but what if we broke down each word into their individual definitions?

Growth: completed development

Spurt: a sudden burst or outburst, as of activity, energy, or feeling

What if we put the definitions together to form a spiritual definition of growth spurt? It would read something like this:

Growth spurt: the sudden burst or outburst of activity, energy, or feeling resulting in completed development

In other words, over a short period of time our faith, joy in faith, and our love for others will grow and be fully developed. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Have you ever experienced a growth spurt in your spiritual life? I am sure if we stop to think about it we can all identify times in our lives when we have experienced a spiritual growth spurt. Often times it comes in a period of trial, pain, and struggle. But what if there was a way to experience a growth spurt without first having to go through the trial? Is it even possible? If so how? We will answer that when we wrap up our verse tomorrow…

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me. Thank you for giving me spiritual wisdom and understanding. Thank you for growing my faith, my joy, and my love for others. Thank you for the work you are doing in me and through me. Use me today to be a light and a blessing to those around me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Love, Grace, and a Growth Spurt of Faith,

Jen

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