“God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love — like Christ in everything” (Ephesians 4:15 The Message).
They’re stuck in perpetual spiritual infancy, remaining in diapers and booties. The reason is because they never intended to grow. Spiritual growth is not automatic; it takes an intentional commitment. You must want to grow, decide to grow, make an effort to grow, and persist in growing.
Discipleship is the process of becoming like Christ, and it always begins with a decision: “‘Follow me and be my disciple,’ Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him” (Matthew 9:9 NLT).
When the first disciples chose to follow Jesus, they didn’t understand all the implications of their decision. They simply responded to Jesus’ invitation.
That’s all you need to get started: Decide to become a disciple.
I AM YOUR BEST FRIEND, as well as your King. Walk hand in hand with Me through your life. Together we will face whatever each day brings: pleasures, hardships, adventures, disappointments. Nothing is wasted when it is shared with Me. I can bring beauty out of the ashes of lost dreams. I can glean Joy out of sorrow, Peace out of adversity. Only a Friend who is also the King of kings could accomplish this divine alchemy. There is no other like Me! The friendship I offer you is practical and down-to-earth, yet it is saturated with heavenly Glory. Living in My Presence means living in two realms simultaneously: the visible world and unseen, eternal reality. I have equipped you to stay conscious of Me while walking along dusty, earthbound paths.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no
longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for
everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
JOHN 15 : 13 – 15
. . . and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness
instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
ISAIAH 61 : 3
. . . sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
2 CORINTHIANS 6 : 10
Work to Please God, Not People
The Apostle Paul teaches that we are to work as though we are “working for the Lord and not for people.” He’s saying that no job is too small, no job is too menial, and no job is too insignificant when you have the right motive and perspective.
We should think, “I’m doing it for God; I’m doing this job as if I’m doing it for the Lord. I used to clean meat lockers in a butcher shop, and I would clean it as unto the Lord.”
Now, how do I know if I’m doing my work for the Lord? Two characteristics will show up in your attitude –
Excellence-If I’m doing my work for the Lord, and not just for the boss, then I’ll do it with excellence. That means I will do the best I can because I’m not doing it for anyone’s approval except God’s.
Enthusiasm-And, I do my work with enthusiasm. I work for God; therefore, I do it with a cheerful attitude. “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.” (Romans 12:11 NLT)
When you work with all your heart, motivated by the love of Christ, your work will be transformed into an act of worship for God.