Continuing Growth - Pastor Bri Hickman - March 20th, 2018

As I pulled out my debit card and punched in the numbers to register and pay for a class, I realized just how negative my attitude was. I thought to myself, “I went to a Nazarene University and graduated with a Music Ministry Degree just to take more classes?” “Why would I want to put us more in debt just so I can take more classes?” I quickly realized, the attitude towards taking more classes was selfish, complacent, and just plain lazy. As I sat back to ponder why my attitude needed to change, God checked me on something… “Am I willing to continue to GROW?”

Here’s the thing that got me… God calls us to continue to grow. Each of us are in different stages of life and it can be very easy to just sit back, relax, get comfortable in our pews, and not allow Him to shape us. HOWEVER, we are called to be like the branches on the vine and allow God to prune the things that bear no fruit. Thankfully, God checked me and pruned my attitude and showed me that just a couple more classes might help me be better equipped for what God wants/has for me in the future. In my office there is a drawing of a vine and branches with the words I AM THE VINE on it. This is a beautiful reminder that I need to remain in Him and allow God to prune me so I can GROW.

As I hit submit to fully register for the class, I prayed that God would use these classes as a way to grow me. I want to have an attitude that is willing to GROW. I want to be willing to grow spiritually, physically, academically, mentally, and in ANY way that He wants to. Sometimes not knowing the big picture is hard, but we have to be willing to see that what He may be doing now, may help with what He has planned for us in the future.  I pray that you would continue to GROW and that you would allow Him to prune you so you may GROW how He wants you to grow.

John 15: 1-5 

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.