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03/18/2009

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The Tallest I've Ever Been


"And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God" (Col. 1:10).

Many years ago when we lived in Illinois, we had friends with a son that had basketball aspirations (I was the coach). The boy's mom had put a piece of tape on the wall by the door for him to measure himself, and one morning he proudly said to her as he walked from the house, "this is the tallest I've ever been!" I guess I had some of those same aspirations and would have liked to be taller than I am. But alas, by the end of my eighteenth year I had topped out at less than 70 inches. By way of tallness, our growth has a climax or maximum. There should be none in the area of spiritual growth.(2 Cor. 4:16)

Our spiritual growth requires that we have a spiritual rebirth. "For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God" (1Pet. 1:23) It requires a constant supply of spiritual food. (1Pet. 2:2) It requires freedom from the diseases (sins) of: neglect (Heb. 2:3), worldliness (1 Jn.2:15-17), love of popularity (Jn. 12:43), ambivalence (Rev.3:15)

Our spiritual growth demands that we exercise (1 Tim. 4:7) and place ourselves in the right environment (1 Cor. 15:13). It requires time. (Heb. 5:12)...

So...How can we tell if we are growing spiritually? Each day we need to be able to say, "this is the tallest I've ever been!" For those of us who have had children, we see their growth as they outgrow their clothes. We are spiritually growing when we outgrow things. "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish things behind me" (1 Cor. 13:11). We are growing spiritually when we bear fruit. "By their fruit you shall know them" (Matt. 7:20)...Are we the tallest we've ever been?

Have a great day...Go about doing good...Love mark Phil. 4:11

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