“Still other seed fell on good soil.” Mark 4.8
We are all products of the instant age; we expect things to be done immediately - and we certainly want God to do things instantly. When we pray, we hope that God will work according to our time frame and when we sow the things of God into our lives we hope to be instant disciples, immediately and dramatically changed into the likeness of Jesus. However, this is not how it tends to happen.
In 2 Corinthians, Paul talks about us being ‘transformed into his (the Lord’s) image with ever- increasing glory’ (2 Corinthians 3.18). In other words, we are being transformed at a steady and gradual pace. Likewise, when Jesus talked about us being good seed, we are just that – seeds; definitely not instant plants! As such, much of our growth takes place without us even realising that we are growing. The uncomfortable truth is that our greatest moments of growth probably occur in times of difficulty.
Take a moment to ponder what may be difficult in your life at the moment. Whatever the situation, how do you think God wants you to be and what does he want others to see in you? Let him work his growth in you.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission