Living as a Christian is never meant to be a static way of life. Jesus once told a parable that said: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in a field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches." Perhaps this is a strange image to us in Britain today: not many of us grow mustard from seeds. But Jesus is saying if we have the seed of the kingdom of heaven in our hearts, then like the mustard seed we have the potential to grow well beyond what we might think is possible from such a small seed. Christian life is a journey of spiritual and personal growth as we water the seed of God's kingdom. But how might we water this seed for us to grow?
"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen."
This verse is found in 2 Peter 3:18 and gives us some clues about growing as Christians. Growth comes from the grace of God and as such it is something that he alone gives to us. We can't work this up or be better, rather simply give ourselves the best opportunity or growing conditions to receive this grace from God himself.
If God is the giver then making sure we encounter him is the way to grow in our knowledge of the living God. That means setting time aside alone to pray and ask God to meet with you. God designed us to bring glory and honour to him and acknowledging this in worship, being part of a worshipping community that takes this seriously gives you the opportunity for this. Developing an attitude of talking to God, praying to him about everything, asking him about your concerns and the things you don't understand places God at the
centre of your lives.
We've already heard two bit of scripture on this page and there are lots more in our sermon themes and readings that we consider each Sunday. Regularly reading the bible on your own and asking God to speak to you through his word is how you grow in the knowledge of what he has done for you through his Son Jesus Christ and by the power of his Holy Spirit who longs to dwell in your hearts. The scriptures are the account of God's story as Christians understand this and hearing them explained in the preaching at church is just another important way of growing in your faith. Meeting with other Christians to learn together is the final part to this, by asking others to make clear what we don't understand. This is part of what we do on a Sunday or in our home groups. Why not come along and try us out?