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Spiritual Growth - A Choice


"Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you" (Jn.6:27).

Many years ago, the ten year old son of some friends of ours stood by the door of his home by a piece of tape on the wall used to chart his growth. Tommy proudly announced to his mom; "Hey mom, this is the tallest I've ever been." No effort is required on the part of humans to grow physically. It happens by default as we get older. In today's verse, Jesus, after having fed five thousand people, told us about the importance of spiritual food. The implication in the statement is that we need to work for the food that leads to spiritual growth. When the apostle Peter lists a group of virtues necessary for growing spiritually, he prefaces them with the statement, "for this very reason, make every effort to......" Like most things of value, we must work toward spiritual growth with a concentrated effort to know that it is taking place. After all of his diligent work, Paul knew that growing spiritually was a progressive thing. This is why he wrote: "Brothers, I do not consider myself yet as having laid hold of it. But one thing I do; Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Phil.3:13-14). One might think that if anyone could rest on their laurels for just a bit that it was Paul. Obviously he didn't think that way! Like physical health, spiritual growth requires regular exercise. If we choose to grow we must be ready to expend the necessary effort, today, tomorrow, and every day following. It is not only a choice, but a wise choice.....

Have a great day....Make wise choices... Love mark Phil.4:11

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