Encounter 3 NEW LIFE IN CHRIST
The best relationship are those that grow and deepen. It’s the same way in your relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s time for growth.
TALK TO GOD: “Lord, help me to let my roots sink down into you. Thank you, dear Lord, for helping me grow. Amen.”
INVESTIGATE GOD’S WORD: Read Colossians 2:6-7 (Memorize the first part of verse 7)
MAKE IT PRACTICAL:
I WONDER – Read Colossians 2:6-7
Do you ever feel less mature spiritually? How about when you’re with another fellow Christians?
Do you ever wonder how you can become more connected to God, or if you’re doing something wrong?
Have you ever planted a seed in a clear plastic cup? If the seed was planted close enough to the edge, you would see that the roots would grow downward first; then a few days later a plant would appear above the dirt. It was miraculous! When you took your first step of faith to trust Christ with your life; that was like the seed being planted.
From this point, it’s up to you and God to nourish the seed and let the roots grow deep (see Colossians 2:6-7). The only difference between you and your friends is that they have had more time to get to know Jesus. This is accomplished by spending time with him. As with any relationship, time together helps you to appreciate God’s character and will lead you to a greater love for him. (2 Peter 3:18)
As Christians, we never get to a point where we are totally mature. Our love and appreciation for God can always grow deeper as he shows us new areas in our life with which to trust him.
KEEP IT REAL – Read 2 Peter 1:5-8
Have you ever been in a position where you loved or cared about someone so much, and you didn’t want to break up or end the friendship, but the more you prayed about the relationship, the more you saw that it was interfering with your relationship with God?
If they’re not Christians, their values are completely different from yours. I know you care about them, but it comes down to choices; either them or God. (Read 2 Peter 1:5-8) The last part says: “The more you grow like this [in the behavior that models Jesus] the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Separate all ties with them, and concentrate on strengthening your relationship with the Lord. Although you may feel bad, be confident that you are making the right choice as the Lord cares about you, and he will encourage you and guide you slowly, but surely you’ll become stronger spiritually.
As you put God first and become determined to obey him, you will see times when you can put aside your own desires and become more patient, etc.… Yes breaking up or ending a relationship/friendship that is unhealthy is hard, but knowing you’re doing it to obey God makes all the difference.
EXPRESS YOUR THOUGHTS (Journal Time): How can you put these ideas presented here into action in your own life? Think of one way that you’d like to grow spiritually, share it with one friend, and write it down in your journal. Now ask God to help you do what you’ve decided to do. Don’t forget to thank him!