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GROWING UP

One Sunday morning, the pastor was visiting the first grade Sunday school class. With a bright smile, he said to a small child, “Who made you, Jimmy?”

“Well,” he said thoughtfully, “God made part of me.”

“What do you mean that God made part of you?” asked the pastor.

“First, God made me real little, and I growed the rest all by myself.”

How insightful! God begins a “good work in us” when we accept Christ as our Savior. We are, so to speak, “real little” like Jimmy. But, He does not expect us to remain “little.” When God started the process of the new birth within us, He did so with the intention of bringing it to completion – for us to grow into the likeness of Christ. This is possible because the Holy Spirit lives with us and is willing and able, with our involvement, to let it happen through prayer, Bible study, and worship. Come, grow with Him. He has great things waiting for each of us.

Prayer: Lord, may we work with You to grow into Christlikeness. May we, with determination and surrender, commit our lives to become who You created us to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Philippians 1:6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. 

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