CHALLENGES TO CHRISTIAN GROWTH
I PETER 3: 17, 18
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JESUS CHRIST Is described as growing "in wisdom, and stature,
and in favor with God and man" (Luke 2: 52).That is the way we
should grow. It is four dimensional growth:
Intellectual, Physical, Spiritual, & Social.
Upon hearing a challenging message to grow spiritually and make
an indepth commitment to the Lordship of Christ, many respond
joyfully. With fresh zeal and admirable ardor they set out to
serve the Lord. Often unarmed and not forewarned they grow weary
and suffer spiritual defeat not knowing that what they have done
is engage in spiritual warfare. They know Whom they love, but
they don't know what opposition to expect.
Let me illustrate this matter of growth and its challenges.
A few years ago my family and I moved into a new home here in
the community. I thought it was an opportunity to engage in
doing something I had wanted to do for years. I wanted to grow
roses. My interest was kindled by enjoyable visits with my dear
friend Bob Garrison in his beautiful rose garden. He, being one
of America's foremost rosearians, I asked his advice. He, being
one of the most gracious and generous friends one could have,
offered to help. His kindness went beyond the norm. He
thoughtfully purchased the plants, dug the holes, mixed the
soils and planted them. Then as the supreme act of grace, he
gave me a classical work on growing roses along with an
invaluable short course on growing roses. I will always remember
his loving helpas one of the supreme acts of thoughtful grace.
He showed himself to be a true friend.
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