The need to grow from one level of life to a higher level of life is a generally accepted need of the human being. That need for personal growth is what I call "the seed of advancement." It is a seed that is trapped within the consciousness of every person. It is a seed that is yearning for expression in our day-to-day activities. It is a seed that is growing day by day within us.
For example, a child wants to grow into an adult, so as to exercise the rights of an adult without parental restrictions, a Christian wants to grow in grace and love so as to manifest the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, a pastor wants to grow an impactful ministry that would effectively address the issues of life that trouble the hearts of the people, a business person wants to grow in sales and profit through an enlarged customer base, a career person wants to grow through the ranks at the workplace through consistent promotions, a student wants to grow through the classes without the discomfort of failing a class, an effective leader wants to grow in the leadership experience by exercising an enlarged sphere of positive influence, the sick person wants to grow in health through the glorious manifestation of sound health, the financially-challenged person wants to grow into financial independence without the fear of worrying about the next paycheck, the housewife wants to grow the character and splendor of her family, the salesman wants to grow in sales.
Paul the beloved apostle to the gentile nations felt that need for consistent growth and advancement when he said,
"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:14).
Paul is clearly saying from the above scripture that when the grace of God is at work in our lives that grace energizes us with the glorious thrill, the passionate push, and the determined desire to grow, excel, and advance towards the prize of achievement that comes when we put the gift of divine grace to work in our lives. (To continue).
Let Us Pray:
Dear Father, I open my mind and heart today to receive your golden nuggets that will help me to nurture your plan of growth, success and advancement in my life, in Jesus name. Empower me to be a blessing today, energize me with the pressing grace today that would activate a speedy manifestation of your advancement plan in my life, in Jesus name. Amen!
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