We live in a drive-thru society that loves short cuts.
My microwave recently expired and I quickly was reminded how much I depended on it. Some things are okay with short cuts, but it’s not true for everything.
Growth needs time.
I recently read, Dirt Matters, by Jim Powell, pastor of Richwood’s Christian Church. In his book, he discusses the importance of soil for a plant’s growth.
You can’t produce a good crop using bad soil. Throughout the book he illustrates just why this basic part of farming is so important. Then he applies the same principle to spiritual growth.
We live in an information age. At our fingertips we can access any kind of info needed. In a matter of moments any questions we have can be fully answered. Google has become one of our closest friends.
But for real growth to occur we need the basics. Growth in our spiritual lives can’t be reached with short-cuts. It takes more than quickly skimming a devotion to see results.
Growth is a process.
And you have to start with good soil. For our spiritual growth our hearts are the starting point.
If the ground is hard, seeds cannot germinate, Powell tells us. If our hearts are hard, the truth cannot be absorbed. We hear the words and that’s all.
This world is full of cares and concerns. We need to be established if we’re going to do more than survive. We want to thrive. And to do that, we have to make sure we have fertile soil.
Dirt Matters addresses the basics necessary to produce the best crop. In a church, in a person’s life. If you want to grow your church, grow your ministry, or grow yourself, this book will help.