Environment & Effort – Day 3

MOVE TO GROW // JANUARY 25, 2023

Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.  

Acts 9:22

Saul had an encounter, spent time with the disciples and at once started preaching. He wasn't good at preaching BEFORE he started preaching. He started preaching and GREW more and more powerful -- to the point of baffling the Jews!

How do we grow? Saul didn't just study, watch other preachers, wish and hope he could be good one day, doubt himself, struggle with his emotions or fear ... no. What made him a better preacher? Preaching! He put in the effort. It's not just about the moments; we grow when we're in motion. We can raise our hands, pray a prayer, get baptized, have communion ... those are GREAT moments to have, but what's the next step? It takes being in the right environment (with the disciples), but it also requires effort to do it. Consistency beats intensity every time. We grow as we go! 

How is your spiritual journey growing? How can you put it into motion? What's your next step? Serving? Giving? Making it on Sundays consistently? Joining a group? Whatever it is ... take the step. You WILL grow as you go. Don't feel like it after a few times? Keep showing up, anyway. Make up your mind: I'm gonna get up, and I'm gonna give it my best effort. Paul showed up again and again and grew more powerful. You'll also grow as you go. Growth is far more than just a moment; it comes from movement.

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