The headline on the front cover of the Better Homes and Garden Magazine read, “It’s Grow Time.” Beautiful flowers in an array of colors announced the arrival of the planting season.
Many are still experiencing cold temperatures in April. Remember, winter cannot last forever. Yes, waiting for spring is a time of mental and emotional endurance. But there is a significant purpose for the winter season. Our plant kingdom requires a resting period for new growth. Energy increases during the rest.
Winter is good for the world around us. Many plants need shorter days and low temperatures to become dormant. This way plants can store up energy for new growth. If a fruit tree doesn’t have enough chilling time, it will produce fewer, weaker buds. Impactnews.com
Our physical bodies also require adequate rest. Not only does our mental and emotional psyches require adequate rest and relaxation, we cannot experience spiritual growth without sufficient energy reserves.
Why is it essential that we have the physical energy to grow spiritually? The state of “being tired” is detrimental to the mind and body. Feeling weary cancels our desire to give God adequate praise and worship. Honestly, who feels like praying for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to study the Bible when you are irritable due to exhaustion?
The Root Cause of Depleted Energy Reserves
The dynamics of our world are ever-changing. Our priority is to achieve innovative technological advancements, which lead to mental burn-out. Many people live their entire day in front of a screen [IPhones, IPads, Smart Phones, Laptops, Televisions]. Screen life has become a norm. But the impact has affected our Circadian rhythm: 24-hour cycles that are part of the body’s internal clock, running in the background, which allow us to carry out essential functions. Either we fall asleep from exhaustion or suffer from insomnia.
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11
The lack of physical rest also causes us to act like children. We are bombarded with stimuli that fail to promote mental, emotional, or spiritual growth. Our culture has evolved from controlling our emotional responses to a dominant characteristic of uncontrolled emotional reactions. We live in a world of immature human beings who are proud of their feelings. Attempting to locate individuals who can respond with logical and rational thought processes is nearly non-existent.
Characteristics of Spiritual Growth
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering [patience], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23.
The Apostle Paul was certainly an expert on the devastation of acting on emotional responses. Before his spiritual transformation from Saul to Paul, he killed many early Christians–he felt that he was doing the right thing.
Overstimuli, lack of physical rest, uncontrolled emotions, and pride has suffocated our desire to grow spiritually. Throughout the Bible, God has defined the spiritual change required for Christian believers. It is the Holy Spirit who enables us to change.
Self-effort can never produce the characteristics that God requires us to have. To receive the reward of eternal life, we must experience daily spiritual growth and development–Sanctification [the likeness of Jesus].
Yes, it’s growing time.
Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God… (1 Corinthians 13:11)
Prayer: God, we ask for the forgiveness of our sins caused by uncontrolled emotions. We pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Please teach us how to have the character of Christ. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.