Job 31:5-8, 10
The ambition of God’s man to become like Christ requires aggressively pursuing that one ambition. We need 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 many men who e-mail me are so incredibly down: they’ve chose to coast in their spiritual lives, and then they’ve found they are not coasting, but dying! They stopped abiding in the vine of Christ, disconnected from His process, and 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.
I challenge you to read Job’s prayer. (Job 31:5-8, 10) Whoa, mama! That is what you call the open-kimono prayer. The dude is naked before God because he wants growth and spiritual integrity. It’s a bring-it-on confession and prayer. Key words: “Let God weigh me.” Are you willing to go there in your walk with Him? The place of full examination! If so, you will experience His dream and catch His vision for your life.
What will be the result if you keep moving your borders of growth? New insights — less selfish impulse — new character — less confusion — new conduct — less confusion — new spirit — less collateral damage — new growth — less disappointment — more impact — less regret — more motivation — less frustration.
No extra charge for the deep, gasping adrenaline rushes and unforgettable testimonies of God’s power, which will also be yours. Read that list again. Go ahead, God says, that’s what I want for you.
Father, I can’t get over your wisdom. You know exactly what I need.