'Let the wise listen and add to their learning...' Proverbs 1:5 NIV
Here’s something to think about: growing as a Christian will involve walking away from things that might look good and feel good, but aren’t actually ‘good’ in God’s eyes. Ignoring that warning God’s giving you will lead to a bitter aftertaste of disappointment, distraction or complacency. Has your focus ever shifted from living God’s ways? It happens to all of us. How can we ‘grow on’?
Well, some of the most important things God wants to teach us go way beyond any knowledge we can learn and repeat exam–style. Our God–given passions and talents can often only be learned through experiencing tough times head–on. But would you rather experience triumph over those things that hold you back from God, or let things ‘blow over’ (which is often an excuse for letting complacency control you)?
Choosing to learn from them these experiences is important here. We all have talents, but unless you work on those God–given gifts, you’ll never know what could have been. Paul encouraged a young Timothy to ‘fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you.’ (1 Timothy 1:6 NLT) It wasn’t the time for asking for fresh revelations (see verse 13); it was time to stick on with what he’d already learnt. It’s time to work with the most of what we’ve got, and where we are.
God has given you spiritual gifts through the Holy Spirit, in addition to your natural talents. So work on developing all the good stuff you’ve been entrusted with.
SoulFood: Jer 18-21, Matt 24:37-51, Ps 69:19-36, Pro 8:30-31
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