I cannot believe that October is over! 31 Days of posting is a huge undertaking that I didn’t think I would be able to see through. However, God has really used this series to help me process through some truths, and to work out some areas in my own heart. I hope that you have been encouraged. While I feel like I could write forever on this topic, I think that we covered lots of ground. We talked about brokenness, repentance, hope, weariness, bible study, prayer, community, spiritual gifts, and lots and lots of resources. We heard from some of my friends about what has really caused them to grow, and we have even looked at what it looks like to live life as a child of God, instead of an orphan.
Today, I want to leave you with some encouragement from scripture. Each of these could be a post in themselves, but today, I leave you with God’s word…and a few of my own!
Learn to follow the Shepherd.
“The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:3-11
Seek first His kingdom.
“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:30-34
Remember who, and whose, you are.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
1 Peter 2:9-10
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:20
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
I hope nothing that I have shared this month has seemed burdensome. I hope that you were able to see the tension between God working in us and us working out the implications of what he is working within. A few thoughts, and then I am peacing-out of here!
Take none of the glory, but give heaps of grace.
As we begin to see growth in our lives, our tendency will be to lean towards arrogance and pride. But true growth is marked by humility. As we begin to see more clearly who we are in light of who God is, there is no other response but to have a humble heart. When you see growth, be reminded of who causes the growth. We might cultivate what he grows, but ultimately God is the one causing the growth. The same is true on the flip side. When you are discouraged and feeling like you should be so much further along then you are, give yourself some grace. Take inventory, confess, and then be reminded that there is grace at the foot of the cross. He is far more patient then our impatience could ever imagine. Grace is necessary in this walk, so give it freely to yourself, and to others.
We have a tendency to look at others and think one of two things. Either we look at their “shiny spirituality” and think that they are far more awesome than we will ever be. Or we look at their jagged edges and think that we really have our stuff together. God grows people at different paces. So quite judging and start encouraging. If you see God beginning to work in someone, help nurture what He is doing by speaking life. Be part of the growth, not critical or covetous. When in doubt, repeat number 1!
Keep seeking. For the believer, God is easily found.
He is not playing games with us. In fact, he tells us that he will sanctify us completely one day. His work in his children does not stop. So, if you have gone through a dry time, or one where there has been little growth, begin to seek him again. He will quickly be found, and his grace will always be sufficient. While you might need to deal with sin, and some hard heart issues, he is committed to his children, and is there as our loving Father.
So, that’s it! I can’t believe it, but we are done with this series. I hope you were encouraged, and I hope you walked away with some practical tips and resources! Thanks for walking this road with me! You can read back through all of the posts in this series by clicking the button below.
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