It happened during a college class. 

The professor was talking about the importance of the preacher’s heart for his people. He made the following statement about the religious people of Jesus’ day: 

Religious people are like bad film. They are overexposed and underdeveloped. 

It was heavy moment. I know that familiar things can become comfortable things and comfortable things can become forgotten things. Is our relationship with Jesus like this? Have we made the Scriptures about information? 

Over the next few years, I began to understand some helpful truths about what it mean to grow as a disciple: 

1. Jesus grows our faith. 

In Mark 4, Jesus tells a story about a farmer who casts out seed. Depending on where the seed fell was determined upon its growth. Some died instantly. Other seed tried but was choked out, and then there was seed that found rich soil to grow deep roots. Jesus said this: 

The farmer sows the seed.  

This is such a powerful idea. Jesus is telling us that not only will the work of the Gospel save us from our demise, but it will also grow and strengthen our faith. 

2. Fight the need to be busy. Be available. 

It’s Jesus that grows our faith. When people ask me, “What are you doing to grow your faith?” I tell them, “I don’t do anything.” I just make myself available. The Scriptures teach me God’s boundaries. I discover how He wants to be loved, followed, and served. He begins to go to work on all of the lies I’ve believed about myself, and what it means to live in this new reality. The riches and depths of grace await you. Fight the “need” to be busy. Be available.

3. Allow people to have their opinions. You are under authority. 

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.” |  Matthew 7:28-29

When you are God, You don’t have opinions. You have authority. When Jesus speaks, He’s not contributing His side to the conversation. He’s telling us what is infinitely true about all of us. Although it may be some of the toughest work you undergo, It’s worth it. 

 

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