True or false? If you do not grow personally, your organization or ministry will not grow.
There are three basic principles I have come to understand about growth: One. You must first grow yourself. It is difficult to lead people where you have not been. Two. You have to grow your people by creating an atmosphere for growth, and giving them a chance to exercise their leadership and gift(s) in order to grow. Three. If # 1 and 2 take place, you have set a foundation for organizational growth. The yellow caution flag is raised here in order to help you realize that the order of #1-3 cannot be reversed. If you try, growth will not occur.
Read Mark 4:1-20.
Jesus identified four types of people who grow. Let’s examine why and how they grow.
The first are those who grow for the moment. The reality is that they have no depth. Pushback from the circumstances they encounter ultimately kill their growth potential. The second are those who grow to the level of their emotions. The reality is they do not have the discipline to handle their potential growth and it stymies their advancement.
The third are those who grow to their circumstances. The reality is they do not have the commitment yet to gain the stability that Jesus promises. They are initially interested in getting out of their circumstances, as if they are looking for a silver bullet. The fourth is the person who grows by taking in the Word. They have the diligence referred to in Psalm 1.
Jesus demands that each citizen in His Kingdom is growing in faith, character, and conduct. Regardless if you are a leader or not, Jesus has given us everything we need for life and growth. He expects us to receive and nurture a growing nature.
Here are five lessons for growth:
First, growth is slow and messy, it appears unorganized at times, and hope is not as strategy.
Second, you grow daily through daily practices, not in spurts. The evidence of growth may be seasonal, but your daily habits foster regular growth. That means you must work hard on growth when it may not be the season for growth (and when it may not be easy to grow).
Third, most people set goals for their work life (which is fine), but do not set personal goals (which is bad). Moving up the corporate ladder will lead to momentary satisfaction. Personal and work growth is a great combination for larger fulfillment. Most people fail because they only have one type of growth (usually organizational).
Fourth, many people only grow to the level of their problems instead of their potential. If some people did not have problems, they would not be growing. What is your motivation?
Fifth, growth is personal, not environmental. You can grow anywhere, anytime, or in any setting if you choose to. The desire of your heart to grow will overcome many obstacles.
Walk wisely. A ministry or organization will outgrow people who are not growing. Avoid being a person who wants more from life than they are willing to grow to handle. You have to decide which of the four kinds of people that Jesus described is the kind of person you want to become. Read 2 Peter 1:1-12 and 3:18. What you feed grows.
Love is a verb,
©2020 by Mike Olejarz