Luke 2: 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
“So apart from Jesus, what kind of Pastor would you like?” That was my question to a Church leadership team this week.
We all want Jesus, because He is perfect in every way.
We all want the finished article and we want it now.
If you plant a Chinese bamboo seed, it will sit in the ground for five years and appear to not be making any changes. Then, over a six-week period, it will grow 90 feet.
There is a giant Himalayan lily which spends most of its life looking like nothing at all but then after 5-7 years it grows to 9-10 feet tall and produces the most amazing delicately shaped flowers.
The national tree of Sri Lanka is the talipot, it is a palm tree that grows to a height of 82 feet. It only flowers once but it happens some time when it is between 30 – 80 years old.
However, when it comes to human achievement and maybe even our own process of maturing, we are the most impatient.
Yet no human, not even Jesus moves from baby to man without the need to grow. This is done before God and man.
Within that growth comes many challenges and pains attached to the process. These are necessary for development.
The truth is one day you will stand before Him the finished article. Until then you are in the growing phase, being perfected for eternity.
Today is another day to grow. Embrace it