It’s growing

“We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.” II Thessalonians 1:3

This morning, as I was talking with my accountability partner, I found myself engaged in a discussion about gardening.  Both of us were raised in the country and we had common experiences with growing many things in the garden.  Both of us readily agreed the hard part, was not in the eating of the harvest.  The hardest part was in the work that was needed in caring for and protecting the growth given by the Lord.  I spend many hours cutting weeds, hoeing the plants, and fighting bugs.  In the end, the result of the growth paid great dividends.

In a much more important way, the church in Thessalonica was growing spiritually.  As Paul addressed them in our More For Christ readings, II Thessalonians 1:1-2:8, we find both  his thankfulness for their growth and truth concerning growth.

Here was a church that was growing in both faith and love.  This church remained steadfast through all the opposition the enemy threw at her.

As I read these first 4 verses I was reminded of how we must strive to grow and we must remain steadfast as Satan opposes our growth in Godliness.  This very day you could be facing opposition to growth?  Be encouraged and stay engaged in the battle.  This is a part of your growth.

In verses 5-12 Paul reminded the church of several truths in regard to Godly growth:

1.  There will always be opposition to Godly growth, Vs: 5, Acts 14:12

2.  God will give you and amazing overflow of grace, Vs: 6-7.  In the midst of your growth you will find His grace as being sufficient to fight the good fight of faith.  God has promised relief from this fight in the end, Revelation 6:11, 14:13.

3.  God will some day return and be glorified among all men, Vs: 12

There will be a day when harvest will come.  Jesus will return and peace will reign on the earth. But until then, God is glorified among those who grow in the midst of suffering.  This very day, I know that as we labor in his fields that we will experience growth and this growth will lead to God’s name being made famous.

Dear Lord, thank you for allowing me to be planted in your family.  Grow me as you see fit for your glory alone.

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