Gardening/Growing with God

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Apples that have grown on our trees ready for making into apple cider!

Colossians 1:6b All over the world this Gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace and all its truth.

Read Acts Chapter 18 This chapter tells us about a man named Apollos (a jewish convert from Alexandria) who spoke encouragingly to those who believed by grace. He also used scripture to debate with the Jews, in a public forum, that Jesus was the Messiah.  Apollos had a limited knowledge of the gospel.  He only knew what he had heard from John the Baptist’s ministry.  He stepped out in faith and preached what he knew.  Through the grace of God, he was heard by Aquila and Priscilla who were educated about Jesus from traveling with Paul.  They took him aside, and into their home and educated him further about Jesus so that he knew the complete Gospel and could preach it. 

As Christians, this is good to know because we should always be growing in our knowledge of God.  If we don’t know where to go or how to grow, but we are stepping out in faith with what we do know, then God will be gracious enough to bring knowledge to us.  We just have to be ready and willing to grow with God.  Basically, it has been my experience that if you are seeking God, then he will find you.  If you want more knowledge of him, and are faithfully seeking to find and follow his direction for your life, then God will take notice of that and provide you with the path that will offer you growth opportunities.  Everyone’s path to know God is very individual, that is why it is called a personal relationship.  

For my part, I have had some really amazing mentors in my life of faith.  God put those people in my path at just the right time so that I would be receptive to learning as much as I could from them.  Knowing what I know now about God and sharing the word of God with others I know that one of the rewards that is given to the person who regularly shares what they know about God is that the get to partake in the spiritual growth of others.  That is an amazing feeling, that God would allow us to be his servants in such a way that we can enjoy and celebrate the growing of someone else’s relationship with God, as well as our own.

Apollos was an amazingly brave person.  He stepped out in faith with what he knew despite living in an environment of many false gods.  He also lived in a time of great persecution for Christians. Being a Jew who was converted made him likely to have been thrown out of the synagogues, and had his family reject him unless they were converted with him.  There was also the possibility of death.

I have heard many Christians talk about the subject of sharing what they know of the gospel with others, and many (though, living in a country of freedom to worship and freedom to say what they will) allow fear of someone saying something negative to them to still their tongue.  Or the fear of saying something and having someone ask them a question that they don’t know how to answer.

The thing is, you don’t have to know all of the answers…you just need to acknowledge that you don’t know all of the answers and affirm that you are still learning yourself.  Affirm that what you do know about Jesus is the truth.  If that person is truly looking for an answer, God will provide the answer to them, eventually.  Even if you don’t know the answer.  Not knowing something is not a crime.  While your salvation does not come from sharing the gospel, it is still in obedience to God that you do so.  Doing nothing to share your faith because of fear of reproach or becoming uncomfortable with someone’s response makes it impossible for you to reap the fullness of God’s blessings in your life.

Take Apollo’s actions as an example and step forward in faith and share what you know about God with others.  If they respond harshly to you then remember and do what Jesus told his disciples to do in Matthew 10:14  “Shake the dust off of your feet…” and leave them to their own devises.  It is not our job to convert that person…it is our job, as Christians, to simply share the message and love that person.  So I encourage you to “Go forth boldly and spread the word of the Gospel” and in the sharing continually grow in grace and knowledge of God…Ephesians 6:18-20.

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