Sunday, February 10, 2008

Purpose Driven Life - Day 28 - It Takes Time

Just back from church after looking at our fourth purpose - that we are created to serve others - so seems strange to be sending out the notes for the last chapter on the previous purpose - being created to be more like Christ.

For those of you who may have missed it this morning to let you know that for the next two Sundays we'll be taking up an offering for Edward Buria and our friends in Kenya. Decide in your hearts what you want to give and then let's come for the next 2 weeks ready to be a blessing.

Also to remind you about The Marriage Course starting this Tuesday - it's not too late to sign up - and that you've got until Friday to get in applications to come to the HIV / AIDS conference at the reduced rate of £15.

Simon.

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There are no shortcuts to maturity!

“I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.” Philippians 1:6 (LB)

It takes years for us to grow to adulthood, and it takes a full season for fruit to mature and ripen. The same is true for the fruit of the Spirit. Spiritual growth, like physical growth, takes time.

While we worry about how fast we grow, God is concerned about how strong we grow. Today we’re obsessed with speed, but God is more interested in strength and stability than swiftness.

When Habakkuk became depressed because he didn’t think God was acting quickly enough, God had this to say: “These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!” Habakkuk 2:3 (LB)

A delay is not a denial from God. Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. God isn’t finished with you, so keep on moving forward. Even the snail reached the ark by persevering!

3 comments:

Frances said...

Just wanted to say a big thanks to Simon for posting on the blog every day during this study. Appreciate that it's a big commitment but a great help to have a summary, comments, and space to hear what others are learning.
Thanks lots!

Simon Benham said...

Hi Frances,

Thanks for that. I do enjoy doing it, although given how unstructured I am I frequently find myself doing it after I should have gone to bed or, as today, the following morning!

After The Purpose Driven Life is over I'll plan to settle back to 2 or 3 blog updates a week rather than feeling the pressure to write something every day!

Simon.

Anonymous said...

Simon. I am doing the same as you did a couple of years ago, right now. I am on Day 28 and I find that it is a struggle posting daily, and I've missed two thus far. I think the discouraging part is that I have put this on a facebook blog, rather than a "normal" blog. Tons of members and invites and even conversations with folks, but no committed responders. However, in looking it all over, I think it is for myself that I am blogging. Quite honestly, I'm a pretty good communicator, but often times I have to remember to communicate with myself, about God, about His purposes for my life and for others lives. Bless you for your encouragement, that took two YEARS to reach me!!!

Matt Cullen mattcullen@cdrewu.edu