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REFLECTION: Have I grown?

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Have you recalled an incident from the past and wondered whether you would have reacted in a similar manner?  Several weeks ago, I came across a reflection I had penned some time back. There, I had shared about the negative response I received when I offered my thoughts after one had asked me to intercede for her unemployment.  From her response, it was evident she was disappointed.  She merely wanted me to knock on our Father’s door so she would receive His blessings.  She didn’t want to receive any advice or guidance.

As I continued to reflect on the situation, I had asked the Father if I had grown since.  Had I matured some over those months and would I now respond in a more mature manner? I hope so.

In 1 Corinthians 3: 1-3 AMP , Paul teaches However, brethren, I could not talk to you as to spiritual [men], but as to nonspiritual [men of the flesh, in whom the carnal nature predominates], as to mere infants [in the new life] in Christ [unable to talk yet!] 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not yet strong enough [to be ready for it]; but even yet you are not strong enough [to be ready for it], 3 For you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]. For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?

Similarly, Hebrews 5:11-13 teaches…11 Concerning this we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull in your [spiritual] hearing and sluggish [even slothful in achieving spiritual insight]. 12 For even though by this time you ought to be teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over again the very first principles of God’s Word. You have come to need milk, not solid food. 13 For everyone who continues to feed on milk is obviously inexperienced and unskilled in the doctrine of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action), for he is a mere infant [not able to talk yet]!

Am I still an infant in Christ?  Have I yielded to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and have I asked for His supernatural power and grace as I journey through my life or have I continued to take the lead, living my life based on my every whim and fancy?  Do I react defensively when someone corrects me or do I respond with self-control, asking with humility for guidance so that I can grow?  Am I easily angered and do I speak negatively against another when he/she fails to share my point of view or do I pray for them and do I ask the Father to give me the patience and the grace to speak with wisdom and discernment so that harmony can be maintained?  Do I ignore the needs of others, avoiding eye contact so that I will not have to respond to their cry for help or do I willing forgo my comfort and extend a helping hand?  Am I accountable for my actions and/or lack of them or do I readily make excuses, blaming my failures on others or circumstances?  Do I look at the success of another with envy while telling others that their success was due to their engagement in a negative act or deed or do I rejoice with the victor, congratulating him/her for the reward he/she  has received for his/her dedication and hard work?

Lord where do we stand before You today?  Forgive us for being two-faced, coming to You only for the many graces and blessings You give, but refusing to submit to Your guidance and direction.  Father, thank You for giving us chance after chance as You forgive us and for  helping us get up once again when we fall.  Teach us to submit to Your direction and guidance and give us willing hearts to allow the fruit of your spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control)  infuse our inner-being and be reflected from our lives.  We pray for all these in Jesus’ mighty name, AMEN.

God bless,

Melissa – May 27, 2012