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Growing in God

August 8, 2023

Luke 8:8
Other fell into the good ground, and grew, and produced one hundred times as much fruit.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Do we truly know what is growing in our lives? Nick Sirianni (Philadelphia Eagles current head coach) told his team that they are like flowers, they must let the roots grow first then they will become what they can be. The Eagles were playing horribly in 2021 (2-5) at the time, but he told his team that their roots are just growing deeper and to keep on doing the right thing. The results will take care of themselves. His plan worked since that time they have a record of 23-7. The best results are not always what happens the quickest, it can be the ones that trusted in the process. 

       In Luke 8:8 “Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When Jesus said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” This parable is talking about the Word of God that is being thrown out (sown). The other sections talk about what happened to the other seeds and it is not good. They don’t truly grow into what they can become. This part is talking about the seeds that fall into the good soil, how they prosper, and they grow and yield a hundredfold. Hopefully we are in this soil, the one that no matter what happens we still trust in God, and we are not fading from him. We are growing in such a way that God is being glorified. The seed needs to grow, be natured, to become what it can be. We are growing others into their relationship with Christ. That is the hundredfold part. We do not truly know what is growing in other people’s lives, but we can pour into them and try to be that good soil and let our life shine and reveal Jesus’ light to others. By God’s grace, He has been able to use me as I have seen people and the impact God made on them through me. Leading a youth ministry, being a teacher, being a friend to people. I have seen others grow more than I ever thought they would in their relationship with Jesus. We need to focus on loving God and growing in our relationship with Him so we can be the seed in the good soil. We may not see immediate results, but we can just keep on growing, trusting in God, and showing others who God is. Grow in God.  

Dan R

   ’96 / ’02  Jacksonville FL

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