Jesus is growing you, child of God.
When you trust Him as your Lord and Savior, He redeems you, and He begins a beautiful work in you that He promises to complete.
Isn't this exciting?
Listen to this beautiful promise:
"...He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ..." (Philippians 1:6)
This is a beautiful thing.
Jesus is at work in you to grow you in Himself.
This journey of growth in Jesus is lifelong - bringing you into more of Him, His likeness, and the life He created you to live in Him.
Every day of our lives Jesus has more to give us and more to grow us. Life becomes an endless opportunity to grow in knowing more of Jesus, growing in His likeness, and living more deeply in the life He created you to live.
This is a reason to get out of bed in the morning!
Lately I will often pray,
"Jesus, Thank You that You are all I need, that You are working in me, and that Your will for me is perfect!"
Oh, we can't afford to settle where we are - there is more of Jesus, His Truth, and His work in us to grow in every moment! (Thankfully, Jesus loves us too much to leave us where we are.)
He is growing you for His glory, your joy, and the blessing of others.
We are going to look together at growing in Jesus as a journey of joy in the acrostic J-O-Y:
J - Jesus - He is doing the work - the beautiful, transforming work - in your heart, that spills out in your life.
"...it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure." Phil. 2:13
We cannot transform ourselves and bring growth - Jesus alone can do that. And He does. He begins the work when He saves you, and we depend on Him the rest of our lives on this earth to work in us by His Holy Spirit.
He beautifully works to grow us in knowing, becoming like, and living in Him.
The deeper He grows us, the greater our joy!
He is amazing!
This is the gift of growth that He offers us.
O - Our opportunity - You have the joy of embracing that work and growth by seeking for it, by depending on His grace, and by allowing Him to work in you.
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." 1 Peter 3:18
While Jesus alone can bring the growth in us by His Holy Spirit, we are called to pursue it and allow Him to work in us.
Some ways we can do this are: walking with Him each moment, spending time with Him in the Word and prayer, asking Him to work in us, responding to His working in our heart in obedience, repentance, etc., filling our minds and hearts with things that will help us grow in Jesus, and more! (A blog post later this month will give you more ideas!)
Let's pursue growth, friend!
Y - Your lifelong journey - It is a lifelong journey that He will continue every moment of this life and complete when you meet Him face-to-face.
"Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." Col. 2:6-7
Jesus is calling you to a moment-by-moment growth in Him - all the days of this life. It is so helpful for me to remember that we will never be perfect this side of Heaven, but are called to be growing. This allows us to live in the reality that we are needy of Jesus every moment, and He is everything we need, is giving us the grace we need, and is working in us!
The Lord is at work in all you face in life to grow you in Himself. He knows what each one of us individually need for the greatest growth in our lives. The happy times, the trials, the times of waiting... all of these are tools in the hand of the God Who loves you to give you what you need most - more of Him, His work in you, and the joy of living in His ways - to grow you in Him.
This overflows in His glory, your joy, and blessing to others.
It is an amazing journey of growth.
This Sunday I had some special time with Jesus to reflect with Him on the journey with Him so far - in all of life's joys and the trials - and rested in the sweet contentment of seeing that: He is all I need, His work growing me in Him is trustworthy, and that He will continue that work until I see Him face-to-face.
This is His promise for all of us, dear friend.
Let's remember this beautiful promise:
"...He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ..." Philippians 1:6
His working to grow you in Himself is proof that you are His, that He is God, and that He loves you.
May you be blessed as you walk today with Jesus and embrace the joy of His growing you in Him!