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Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:49

Growth Trends

Written by  Kim Hendrix
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Colossians 2:6-7: “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.  Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him.  Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

Which way are you growing?  You may have heard people joke about themselves physically saying, “I’m not growing any taller, just wider!”  As children we are often measured to track our growth, in fact, as soon as a baby is born, the doctor tells the parents what percentile their baby is in for both weight and height.

 

With people, the economy, churches, education and the list goes on, there seems to be a strong focus on growth, particularly of the trend, meaning the general course or prevailing tendency.  So which way do you tend to grow; where are you putting your roots?

 

It’s easy in this world to allow your roots to wrap strongly around all that’s surrounding you.  Your family, home, job, car, church, ministry work, you fill in the blank. Everything we do, have and love in this life can become what we build our very life upon...where we attempt to find growth.  We reach out and wrap our arms or roots around things and people, holding on tight out of love and control, sometimes out of greed and pride.  Before you know it, our growth trend is very horizontal or worldly and the Word “growth” no longer represents spiritual or emotional growth, but only an increase in size. 

 

 

1 John 2:15-17:“Do not love the world or the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.  And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

 

 

Colossians 3:2: “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

 

 

I was blessed recently by a chance conversation with a man named Jose.  He is from the Dominican Republican, but now works in the restaurant business in Montgomery.  When the devastating earthquake hit Haiti five years ago, Jose launched a campaign to gather bottled water and canned goods for the people of Haiti.  That campaign quickly exploded resulting in donated supplies filling 12 tractor trailers.  A local company volunteered the trucks and the transportation of these life-saving supplies to a devastated nation.  When I commended him on his efforts, he quickly said, “It wasn’t me, it was all of the people who joined in and made it happen.”  Then he said, “You know I personally believe many of the things happening in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and other places is because the people there have practiced voodoo worship for years.  This is just my opinion, but I believe bad things come out of that for entire nations and that’s why America is a blessed nation, because people here have worshiped our Lord and Savior.” 

 

As he said these words about America, I thought for how much longer?  Our growth trend in America isn’t tracking toward our Lord and Savior as it once did.  Thankfully, 83% of Americans identify themselves as Christians, but the younger generation is still seeking.  Millennials, those born after 1980, are less likely to consider the Bible sacred literature or to believe that it contains everything a person needs to know to lead a meaningful life.  I pray we all continue to teach and live out the truth, so this younger, up and coming generation will see their faith grow, as we see in Colossians 2:6-7, and “will overflow with thankfulness.”

 

We can each make the choice of where to let our roots grow—in Him or in the world?  If you feel weak in this area, you’re not alone.  Ask Him to track your growth trend, to search your heart for any areas pointing in the wrong direction and to help you keep your eyes focused on the One who desires to flood you with blessings to the point of overflowing. 

 

 

Isaiah 26:3:“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”

 

 

Almighty God, 

You are the great I AM, the One who knows all, sees all and provides all.  Please keep our eyes on you, and our roots wrapped firmly around your Word and eternal promises.  May you bless our families and our nation as we seek to follow you.  We pray our growth trend forever tracks toward a stronger trust and faith in you.  In the name of your son Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

 

*trend rate of growth - the trend in which the economy grows or faces a recession.

 

 

 

 

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