Growing in God

New greenhouses are charming. The glass sparkles, the floors are clean, and everything is neat and orderly. There’s only one problem.

Nothing’s growing. There’s no life. It’s sterile.

In a few weeks, plants start to emerge. Just small shoots, they are identical, cute, orderly. There’s that word again, orderly. There’s still a problem.

We don’t have a harvest. We can’t consume the immature plants.

It’s the mature plants that offer us crops. By then, the windows are fogged with moisture, dirt stains the floor, and the foliage protrudes wiggly-niggly. It looks a mess to the untrained eye, but to the master gardener, the greenhouse is at its most beautiful.

The harvest is ready.

1 Peter 2:10 reminds us:

“Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

We grow in God through Christ. Look at our Savior. Look at the harvest he produced. He’s our supreme example. It’s why we still model our lives after him today.

Our Christian walk might become messy, there might be fog on the windows, and we might leave dirt stains on the floor, but God sees our upcoming harvest. He knows his plans for us, and he nurtures them to completion.

Our lives might be a plethora of wiggly-niggly disarray, but when we’re growing in Jesus, God finds pleasure in us.

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