TRIM: WHERE IS GOD GROWING YOU?
Something that blows my mind about the Lord is how He's always at work.
In every person we see, in every place we go, in every moment of our life God is near and at work.
Although this is true there are also times when I feel that this isn't the case.
Maybe you've felt the same?
The times when we feel like we've screwed up to bad, the times where we feel God has given up on us, or isn't interested in our life during a season. The times where His promises seem to be buried in our circumstances.
Recently I had one of those weeks where I wondered if God was still involved in my life or if I had done something to upset Him and I had this experience on a mission trip of all places!
Coming home I realized that during that week He in fact was with me the whole time and actually was in the process of teaching me something about myself. That although I couldn't see Him and felt fear, He was right in the middle of my life bringing something to the surface #sneakysneaky.
I love how He is such an incredible gardner, always growing, pruning and shaping our lives to look more like Jesus.
Something that I'm learning as I try to follow Him is the more present I am to where His faithfulness is directing me the more I can partner with Him in fruitfulness.
SO, WHERE IS GOD GROWING YOU RIGHT NOW?
I recently was reading a book that talked about the areas that God grows us through using an acronym of TRIM.
Truth, Relationships, Integrity, and Mission.
Often times certain ministries or leaders will emphasize one of these aspects and champion its nature to paint it as what "being a successful Christian" looks like. We all have our own gift sets/passions and we often lean towards the area that comes easiest to us.
For example I have seen many movements get very fired up about truth, using diligence to communicate and teach the bible with conviction and depth.
I've seen movements get fired up about relationships, seeking to establish community and health in the lives of their congregation.
I've seen movements get fired up about integrity, preaching purity and holiness, seeking to help people find freedom from the sin that so easily entangles.
And I've seen movements get fired up about mission, seeking Holy Spirit empowerment, fighting for discipleship and testing new models to reach the lost.
Yet the truth is that God is working ALL things for His good and working in ALL areas of our life. That we need not to lean into one and insecurely hold to our strengths but rather realize that God is re-creating the whole of who we are.
ALL OF THESE ASPECTS ARE CRUCIAL AND NEEDED.
SO PERSONALLY....WHERE IS GOD GROWING YOU RIGHT NOW AND WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
What is the Lord speaking to YOU and what are you going to do about it?
Is He deepening your knowledge and wisdom, providing for you truth that will set you free?
Is He stretching your capacity for community and intimacy within your relationships?
Is He challenging your habits and heart, leading you to a lifestyle of integrity that better reflects Him?
Or is He empowering you for battle and igniting your heart to be the "sent one" on a mission?
He always is at work in someway!
Will you partner with Him in His faithfulness toward you so that you can find more fruitfulness in Him?
What will your life look like tomorrow if you say yes to Him today?