Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
When one comes to a saving knowledge of Christ, His love begins a work in the heart. Now that work is nurtured is dependent on the individual Christian. Some Christians grow by leaps and bounds while others stay in spiritual diapers. It does not make them any less saved. However, it does give them a disadvantage when it comes to being able to put into action the wonderful gifts that the Holy Spirit has given to us.
Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Each of our gifts display the character of Jesus Christ in our lives. Unsaved people see the gift in action and they wonder what makes us so different from them. If you don’t know what gift the Lord has given to you, start serving where you are. Ask your Pastor where he needs help. Every Pastor needs help.
As you grow in Christ and allow His love to grow in you, you begin to experience God’s wonderful love and forgiveness. All those things you desperately hung on to (pet sins, habits, etc.) begin to fall away. As I witness the beautiful Fall season, I can’t help but meditate on those falling leaves. A falling leaf falls because the bud from the new leaf is pushing through and pushing that old leaf off. Isn’t that a wonderful depiction of our salvation? As we allow God’s love and forgiveness to take a hold of our lives, we start seeing the old things that we clung to start falling away – some we hardly even notice their passing! It’s not painful – it’s a delicate and simple process. However, the Christian must be willing to give the old nature up. It can’t be done over night but it can be done.
Colossians 1:9-11 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
As a Christian, I must allow myself to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. God’s will is found throughout the Scriptures. It is evident in most every page exactly what He desires for us. As we fill ourselves with the word of God, we gain wisdom and understanding which help us to walk worthy of Him! Our Christian walk becomes fruitful and we are strengthened in order to help others.
If you have stopped growing in the Lord and feel as though you have reached a plateau in your spiritual life, think about the leaf that falls from the tree because a bud of new life is pushing through. What areas in your life need pushing out? You know what they are, friend. God won’t take you further in your walk if you cannot voluntarily release those dead leaves from your life. Think about it for a while and start shaking your spiritual tree of all the old dead leaves