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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Learning To Grow, Sow, and Go in Faith

In review of Colossians 2:7 it says, “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

Bottom Line:
Plant your roots in Christ, and let you life be built on him. Your faith will grow strong in the truth you are taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

What this means to me:
When I plant my roots in Christ, and I let him be the foundation for my life; my faith will grow strong in the truth he teaches and I will overflow with thankfulness.

What I’m learning is that God wants me to focus on growing, sowing, and going in faith.

First, God wants me to grow in faith. He doesn’t want you to be a spiritual baby forever! The Bible says in Colossians 2:7: “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness” (NLT).

And, God wants me to sow in faith. He wants me to learn to become generous, because you cannot become like Christ without becoming generous. The Bible says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV).

What I sow, I will reap. For instance, If I sow criticism, I’m going to reap criticism. If I sow love, I’ll reap love. If I sow kindness, I’ll will reap kindness. What’s truly amazing is that I always reap more than I sow. If I plant one corn kernel in the ground, I get more than one kernel back, I get a whole stalk. I will always get more back, positive or negative, of what I put out in life.

Given this, God wants me to go in faith.

Hebrews 11:8 says, “It was by faith Abraham obeyed God’s call to go to another place God promised to give him. He left his own country, not knowing where he was to go” (NCV).

As I get older, I’m not sure how I would respond to God just telling me to go somewhere. At this time in his life Abraham was up in years. He was in his retirement phase, just about to hang it up and settle down when God said, “No. Dust yourself off, and get ready for the greatest journey of your life.”  What I’m learning is that when I live by faith, it could involve going, often to places I was never planning to go.

It’s important for me to develop my faith, because everything that God does in your life he does by his grace and through my faith:

Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6a NIV).
According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29b).
Anything that is not done in faith is sin” (Romans 14:23b GW).

I have been making it more of a routine in my quiet time to ask, “God, what can I do today that will require faith?” I find It’s an important question, because the things that require my faith are the ones that are going to please God.  After doing this for a while I can honestly say that those things I have asked for in faith, God has brought forth in my life.

In summary, when I plant my roots in Christ, and I let him be the foundation for my life, my faith will grow strong in the truth he teaches and I will overflow with thankfulness.

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