Tuesday, February 16, 2016

CONTINUED SPIRITUAL GROWTH

"Long for the pure milk of the Word, that by it you may grow…"  (1 Peter 2:2 NASB)


Far beyond your highest hopes, God wants you, as His son or daughter, to live an attractive life that is competent and full of meaning. And like all of us, you still fall short of what He has in mind for you. More than you know (and perhaps in different ways than you think), sin has retarded and warped your personality. It keeps you from being all that you were meant to be.


No matter how much you have grown, God is not content for you to remain as you are; and no matter how little you have grown, He has not given up on you. He wants to liberate you more and more from any inner chains that bind you and deform you -- chains of hostility or resentment, of self-blame or regrets, of anxiety or fear, chains of inferior or superior feelings. His plan includes making you over into His image, beautifying you with a moral excellence far beyond your potential as a mere human.


"He made you into a polished arrow." (Isaiah 49:2 NIV) George Swinnock once noted, "We know that sticks are by nature not arrows… By nature they are rough, but by careful workmanship they become smooth and straight."


-- Warren and Ruth Myers in Discovering God's Will




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