Natural Spiritual Growth (John 6:60-71)

Have you ever had one of those “aha” moments when you realized that life is going WAY TOO FAST???  I guess I should probably rephrase the question to ask, “When was the last time you realized that life is going way to fast?”  For me, it was last night!

Alexa had kindergarten orientation.  This was “super exciting” for her and “not-so-super exciting” for me.  Yes, I am a control freak, I don’t do real well with change, and I happen to like the current ages of Alexa and Sophia (they are sleeping through the night, potty trained and they still think boys are gross and annoying).

So while everyone is listening to the teacher at kindergarten orientation (at least they looked like they were) I was thinking about how time flies.  In six more years, Alexa will be 12…it seems like just yesterday when we walked into St. Mary’s with no clue about what it meant to be parents.  And we walked out with no choice but to learn quickly.

We still have a lot to learn about parenting, but there are a few things that we have experienced over the years (see I already sound old):

  • Rolling out of bed in the middle of the night with eyes glued shut feeling for the walls with our hands and the stairs with our feet
  • Cleaning up wet fruit snacks, french fries and crackers out of the car seat
  • Reacting at lightening speed when they run out into a parking lot
  • Answering the question from them and their mom, “are we almost there”
  • Cleaning up a bloody knee or kissing an owie
  • Watching them laugh so hard they snort
  • Sitting in the big chair together early in the morning
  • Getting ready to send Alexa off to school…..

And this is the one that got me.  In fact, on the way home, I told her that I thought we should just skip the whole school thing altogether.  I said that if both Alexa and Sophia would just stop growing we wouldn’t even have to worry about school.  We could just continue on through life just the way it is.  I continued with a hint of sarcasm, “If you don’t stop growing, you’re going to get a spanking.”  With this Alexa said, “Dad, you know we can’t stop growing.”  As much as I don’t want to believe her, I know she is right.  God designed our bodies to grow. The truth is that God designed us spiritually to grow as well.

It is the mission of New Life Church to help everyone reach their highest level of spirituality; to accomplish God’s will for His glory.  Often, when it comes to spirituality, we make what is so natural (growth) very difficult.  Just like it is not natural for a child to want to stop growing, it is not natural for a Christian to want to stop growing.  When we allow God to do what He can in our lives GROWTH WILL HAPPEN—NATURALLY.  This means we must do our part to see that our basic spiritual needs are met:

  • We must have a steady diet of the Scriptures to grow our faith
  • We must share the Gospel in the world (we are a light, not an island) to strengthen our faith
  • We must spend time with other believers to support our faith
  • We must sacrifice our time and resources to further our faith

Sunday, the sermon will be from John 6:60-71.  Following the Bread of Life discourse several of the disciples could not accept the demands of faith and they left.  We are going to see that it takes faith to become a disciple that perseveres.  You will be challenged to grow your faith so you do not become just another statistic.  If you are willing, I would really appreciate your prayers for God to be glorified as we sing, pray, listen and participate in communion during the morning service.

Thanks again for bearing with my rambling in this e-mail.  I really appreciate your investment in the kingdom.

God Bless!

Troy

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