Friday, May 2, 2014

Growing a Crop of Love: TRELLIS






Trellis

Vining plants need a trellis as they grow in size in preparation to produce fruit. Without support, the plant does not succeed.

Jesus said,

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” 
– John 15:5

As a spiritual infant at the age of 32, my character needed to change and begin growing in the likeness of Christ. The support of those leading me toward greater intimacy with Christ held me accountable to proper growth.  

My daughters are spiritual children at 5 and 6. The development of their character takes time and needs support.

Growth adds depth and breadth to the faith of a maturing disciple of Jesus.

I spent a lot of time stretching toward the Son before I produced an abundance of spiritual fruit. In my case, old behaviors had to be removed and new ones had to be developed. The formation of my character is a continual on going process as I seek to look more like Jesus.

Apart from the leading of the Spirit, I want my own way. Maybe you can relate. Our children are not released from this reality. As mother’s we are in direct contact with the heart of our children. We are to parlay their steps along a trellis of increasing character development. 

The disciple Peter was also a spiritual child at an older age. As an Apostle, he writes of who we become in increasing measure.

Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. – 2 Peter 1:5-7

As we grow, we become …

Goodness puts off behaviors, which distort the image of God in us. We are to measure our character against that of God’s.

Knowledge comes under the transforming guidance of truth found in the Word of God. Jesus is the Word made flesh. As we combine our study of Jesus’ life and teaching in a context of intimacy with Him, our knowledge comes to life.

Self-Control obeys God from a reverent submission and humble spirit.

Perseverance maintains a joyful attitude in the midst of harrying circumstances seeking and searching for God with praise and thanksgiving.

Godliness brings the sanctifying presence of God in to all facets of life for all to see – a life “set-apart” – in His name for His glory.

Brotherly kindness loves sacrificially for the good of others. Affection for one another arises from an acute awareness of Jesus’ love.

Take Action
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Are you allowing yourself to grow in the likeness of Christ in ever increasing measure?
Who is holding you accountable?

Family Matters Resource

Raising Kids Who Turn Out Right 


Pray

Pray the scripture, 1 Thessalonians 5:23. May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify (me) through and through. May (my) whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hands on Activities

Grow pole beans with your children. Explain that as the plant stretches toward the sun a so too are they to grow toward the SON. The pole becomes the support to encourage the plant in preparation to produce spiritual fruit.


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