Friday, June 13, 2008

Growth Formula

“He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14 CSB)

One of the great ways the Bible describes what has happened to us is with the word “redemption.” We were in bondage to sin, but through forgiveness God has redeemed us. Like a slave is transferred from an owner to another owner and then freed, God has redeemed and freed us. That was not enough, though. God also transferred us into His kingdom. Now, we have the opportunity to experience spiritual growth. Like a plant transplanted from a dark, confining place, God has transplanted us into the light and into an environment where our roots can spread out and go deep.

Two essential elements are needed for a plant to grow: light and water. Nutrients in the soil are also required, but the two basics for growth are light and water. In terms of spiritual growth, two elements are needed: knowledge and power. Thus, Paul expressed his prayer for the Colossians that they would be filled with knowledge and strengthened with power.

The knowledge of God’s will provides the illumination we need. When we know God’s will and are growing thus in our spiritual understanding, we can then walk worthy of the Lord, please Him, and bear fruit that honors Him.

The power that strengthens us for our growth comes from the glorious might of God. We do not have the strength we need within ourselves. It is derived from the presence of the Almighty in our hearts. His power can strengthen us so that we can endure with patience, and move toward a life of joy which is shared in Christian fellowship.

Lord, Today, may we each grown in the knowledge of Your will and be strengthened in Your power, so that the lives we live may glorify You. Amen.

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