Move Your borders in Continual Growth
If my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands have been defiled then may others eat what I have sown, and may my crops be uprooted. Job 31:7-8
The ambition of God’s man to become like Christ requires aggressively pursuing that ambition. He wants us to constantly stretch the borders of our growth for the duration of our life on earth. Jesus didn’t mince words or parse verbs on the whole topic of growth. He said either you are growing or you are dying — fruit or no fruit. There is no middle ground. That’s why so many men are so incredibly down, they have chosen to coast in their spiritual lives, and then they find they are not coasting but dying! They have stopped abiding in the vine of Christ. Disconnected from his Spirit they have no source of nourishment for their convictions. God’s dream for God’s man always involves personal growth and fruit. He is increasing, I am decreasing.
God’s man prays the brave prayers of continual growth. Prayers like Job’s emerge when he opens his life up to God’s inspection and his Maker’s freedom to rewire his life. He keeps moving the borders, giving God more and more freedom to change him.
Job was naked before God because he wanted growth and spiritual integrity before God. It’s a bring it on confession and prayer. Are you willing to go there in your walk with God, a place of full examination? If so, you will experience His dreams and catch His dream for your life.
Father, hear me, keep my eye on the ball. I desire to grow in my effectiveness, to show my love for You for what You are doing for me.