Recently I’ve noticed growth in my own bible reading and understanding of God’s Word. I spoke awhile ago about how I gave up journaling because it was like a totem, a superstition that I was more “holy” at the end of every reading or journaling. I think I missed the point of what it means to commune with God, to approach Him and to listen. The emphasis was growing in that my actions made a difference to how my walk with God was going.
At a Twelve meeting Nate lead us to reflect and consider our relationship with God, and how it was going by rating our thoughts about it from a 1 to a 10 (being the best). James however reminded us that our salvation in God and “how we are going” in Him is always a 10 because our relationship is being kept in Christ rather than our own thoughts and actions. It made me question however what exactly I was measuring then when I said that I was a “4” then, and now I felt like I was “improving”?
To improve is inevitable as a Christian as we recognise the promise God made to us in Philippians 1:6 “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” I am always growing and always improving but as I “feel” like I am slowly ascending the mountain to meet with God myself, I realise that indeed it is “HE” that is God that “began a good work” and “will bring it to completion”.
Think about that for a moment. That every time you sit down and read the Bible - regardless of how you feel about it - is by the great grace of God. That you would understand anything that you read, let alone allowing it to comfort you and to guide you in your every day life is a process that is empowered by the same Spirit of God that raised Christ from the dead.
Don’t we realise that every quiet time to which we commit is a divine one, supernatural in that it is empowered by God? Every time you defeat a sin, every time you flee from temptation, every time you extend a hand in obedience to God, that is because by His grace you would know Him and that He would lead you and empower you to live a life larger than yourself.
I am humbled in knowing that every time I am encouraged, every time I know that I am not “going well” in Christ, when that conviction brings me to my knees before my God, that it is a grace. I could be sprinting down the wide and easy path, totally missing the turn off to the narrow path that God has marked out for His people, and just not know it. But God in His grace and love will always guide His children forward in our walk with Him.
Next time therefore, when people ask how I am going, I want to say “Good!” in faith that God has indeed planned “Good” for me, and that I am continually growing in Christ.