Experience real growth
'Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.' 2 Peter 3:18 NIV
Just like a plant, our growth is affected the most by two things - environment and internal processing.
Firstly, look at your environment. You can't have complete control over who's around you, but you can control whose input you place value on. Plants filter what they need from the air and the soil, and you can make that same choice. Of the people in your day-to-day life, who is godly, encouraging and wise? Commit to listening closely to their words, while brushing off bad advice and criticism of those who are not good for you. As the proverb says: 'Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm' (Proverbs 13:20 NIV).
Secondly, your internal processing. Even in a perfectly balanced environment, if a plant's internal processes aren't functioning properly, it can't effectively use the nutrients around it to grow. It's the same for you. We can surround ourselves with great encouragement and wise teaching, but we won't grow without our own individual relationship with God. We need to grow with him on a deep, personal level through quiet time, reading his Word, praying and listening carefully for his voice. As the Bible says, 'Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him' (Psalm 62:1 NIV). It's by internally processing all we learn and experience of God that we really grow.
So what now? Buy a small potted indoor plant. Keep it in your room where you can see it daily. Make a commitment to pray for its growth, and your growth, regularly.
Soulfood: Ezek 46-48 Matt 24:36-51 Ps 78:40-55 Pro 20:22-24,