Growing in Faith
Ephesians 4:14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.
There is this fruit called Jack Fruit, this fruit produces the largest vegetation on the planet. These botanist and chemist take the best soil they can find and they put nutrients in that soil, and then plant the seed of what they want. Of course they water the soil constantly, and insure at best that the ground is in the sunlight. And as time and the germination process takes place, it produces an enormous size of fruit that is called Jack Fruit. They produce huge gapes, oversized watermelons, cantaloupes, and tomatoes. This happens I am told because the soil has been texurized and tailored to give proper growth.
In order for our faith to grow in the church and grow right, we need to be in the soil of God's word, and we have to insure that the right ingredients is added to the soil that helps us to grow. The word can be presented to you in truth, and it can be received by you in sincerity, but if you let the weeds of the world and worldliness abide, it chokes the seed. If you allow bitterness, unresolved pain, unforgiving trespasses, personality clashes that controls your conduct and behavior, the word will be stifled. The seed can be deposited in you each week, but if you do not water it with daily prayer, and weekly fellowship, personal worship and a gathering with others to study the word of God, it perhaps just remain the same.
The apostle Paul takes some time to write to the church at Ephesus to encourage them as people of faith, to exhort them, to remain in love with the Christ that first loved them. Paul's emphasis on growth is not about being big but being better, he is not focusing on numbers but he is talking about nature, this is not about being large, but Christ actually being Lord. But ...
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