“Everything on earth has its own time and its own season.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (CEV)
It takes years for us to grow to adulthood, and it takes a full season for fruit to mature and ripen. What’s my point? There are not shortcuts to maturity. However,
“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)
Here’s what happens when you try to ripen fruit to quickly, it loses it flavor. For example. In America, tomatoes are usually picked unripened so they won’t bruise during shipping to the stores. Then, before they are sold, these green tomatoes are sprayed with CO2 gas to turn them red instantly. Gassed tomatoes are edible, but they are no match to the flavor of a vine-ripened tomato that is allowed to mature slowly.
- While we worry about how fast we grow, God is concerned about how strong we grow! I need to say that again.
- While we worry about how fast we grow, God is concerned about how strong we grow!
- God views our lives from and for eternity, so he is never in a hurry! Would you?
Why does it take so long?
- We are slow learners
- We have a lot to learn
- We are afraid to humbly face the truth about ourselves
- Growth is often painful and scary
- Habits take time to develop
So don’t get in a hurry, just believe God is working in your life even when you don’t feel it. Spiritual growth can sometimes be tedious work, so take one small step at a time.
Book: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren