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What does GROW mean anyway?

By September 1, 2020Monthly Update

This morning I woke up to a couple of very alarming texts with a question needing a response from a dear friend. I immediately felt the tension rise and my head started pounding.

I hadn’t seen the text the night before, so I felt the urgency of the situation, and yet I knew that without knowing more information, there was nothing to do at the moment.

I immediately started talking to Jesus. What do I do? Help me to pause. Help me to think clearly.

All I knew at that moment is that I needed to open His word and get perspective—and coffee…I really wanted coffee too!

As I thought about coming to you today, our core value of GROW THROUGH SERVICE is heavy on my mind.

Grow through service—grow what exactly?

Let’s dive into this word—GROW.

We grow closer to Christ…

  • When we encounter situations that are beyond us, like the one I am walking through right now
  • When we enter life with those who are very different than us and are faced with new perspectives
  • When we give our time, money, energy to the work of His Kingdom
  • We GROW through service

We grow deeper in relationships with others…

  • When we sit with agency workers and listen to understand their life and the needs of our community
  • When we listen to church leaders/members and hear their heart for our community, and help them use their gifts/talents to serve
  • We GROW through service

We personally grow, our ministries grow, and ultimately more people will experience Jesus together.

Here’s what I want you to remember most:

When we grow in relationship with others, we will see growth in ministry.

But let’s keep first things first…

If we only grow in relationship with others and neglect our relationship with God, we’ve missed the mark.

Our character won’t be able to keep up, and that takes us to a very dangerous place.

Proverbs 26:12 says it very bluntly:

Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Keep your eyes on Jesus. Remember that any growth in ministry is because of Him and for His glory, not ours.

We don’t have all the answers, and that is a very good thing. However, we can trust that the Lord will guide us and give us the ANSWER (singular) we need when we need it.

I sure love you guys. The National Team loves you. Let’s continue Growing through Service—with our first priority focused on our relationship with Christ and THEN in our relationships with others.

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