As I write this, it is Monday evening, and I just finished giving the lawn its first cut of the season. May 7 is very late in the year to start mowing the lawn; it’s because of the late arrival of spring.
Before I began, I thought about letting it go for another day or two. It looked patchy, but it didn’t seem that long. As I started to work, I realized that looks were deceiving. Sections of the lawn were so long that the mower got clogged and stalled. I’m embarrassed that I was so deceived, because I’m supposed to be a professional. (When I was in my twenties, I had my own lawn cutting business for seven summers.)
The lawn today reminded me of how we often view our fellow Christians. We look at them and do not see much growth. We assume they are barely reading their Bibles. We assume they don’t do much praying. In our minds, we tend to exaggerate the sin we think we see in others, while we find reasons to justify our own sin.
So let’s be careful not to judge our fellow Christians, because there is often a spiritual growth that we don’t see, but God sees. Jesus taught us not to draw attention to ourselves as we do the spiritual disciplines, so it might surprise us if we really knew what others were doing. We might be surprised by the people who are praying, reading their Bible, and sharing their faith.
I know that some Christians seem to grow very slowly. (I am one of them!) I realize that Christians still sin, and some may be what we call “backsliders” for years. But all true believers have God’s Holy Spirit living in them, and His Holy Spirit does not fail, so I think there is growth taking place on some level. It has been said that some people bear fruit that only God sees. I like what the apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Philippi…
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)
This verse reminds us that we are all works in progress, and we will not be complete until we see Jesus.
Today’s Good News is that God’s children are growing. Like the grass in my yard, many of them are taller than we realize.
Now, go share the Good News…
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