“I am confident that the One who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)
Since we moved into our new home, there have been three additional homes built in the subdivision. Through the summer and into the fall, many trucks and equipment rolled past our house to continue the construction of those homes. It was enjoyable to watch the progress of the contractors.
Other than the yards, these homes look great now, and we witnessed the actions of some of the people moving into their new properties. Moving is stressful; however, joy usually comes when the process is complete. (I should go meet these new neighbors.)
Our lives, and especially our spiritual lives are also a process. We don’t go from being a non-believer one minute, and a fully developed Christian the minute we accept Christ as our Savior. We have so much to learn, and the process of spiritual growth is like a home under construction.
Raising a family is also a construction process often filled with frustration, arguments, disappointments as well as happy moments and achievements. Raising a family, building a new home, changing jobs or careers, facing life’s challenges are so much easier if we have accepted Christ as our Savior early in our lives.
Knowing that God will never leave us or forsake us is a joy that always inspires us when times are tough, and life throws seemingly unbearable circumstances our way.
Family disputes cause pain; deaths of loved ones and friends cause deep sorrow; a job that turns out to be something different than what we expected, loss of property or health; all these can be overwhelming, but with the Lord we are able to meet and, in most situations, overcome these challenges.
While we live our lives and experience life’s challenges, we also grow spiritually. I have had many spiritual mentors in my life: Stan, Joan, Larry, Donna, Susan, Mike, and Leon, and others who have helped in specific situations. For these people I am so grateful and praise the Lord for them!
In addition, I have benefited from various authors and books. The Bible challenges me, and I have grown through the years because of the words in the Bible. Even the passages that I don’t understand or don’t make sense, or those that I don’t even like, have brought me into a closer relationship with the Lord.
Authors like Oswald Chambers, Andy Stanley, Tony Evans, Sarah Young, Ronald Beers, Adam Hamilton, Bob Goff, and so many others have challenged my thinking and stretched me spiritually in ways that I didn’t even realize I needed to be stretched. I praise God for all of them!
Now, having fully retired, the Lord is blessing me not only with more time to focus on Him, but also learn and grow further in ways that I never imagined. I am so grateful. Life is a construction zone, but we must be willing to move a shovel, so to speak.
Even during the busy years of working, raising a family, and building relationships, the significance of time spent in prayer and study cannot be overemphasized. It is a great privilege to grow in Christ.
Dear Lord, thank You for the opportunity of being a Christ follower under construction. Help us realize that we are never too young or too old to learn and grow spiritually. Thank You for mentors and authors who help us grow. In Christ’s name. Amen.
Jerry is just an ordinary Jesus follower who is blessed to receive guidance from the Holy Spirit in writing these articles. He is also a retired high school counselor who has learned many lessons from his students and friends through the years. Jerry can be reached at email@example.com.