Over this term we are thinking about growing community. As part of that I would like you to start thinking about something. How do you grow?
We can probably all remember back to school biology lessons. When we learnt about the essential things that living things need to grow. Dependant on the era that you went to school you may have been taught the acronym MRS GREN. It is used to help remember all the necessary features of living organisms. Movement, Respiration, Sensitivity, Growth, Reproduction, Excretion and Nutrition.
The Church is alive and it needs all these things so that as a community we can be healthy and grow. I will unpack how each of them translates to community life another time, but I am sure you could work it out.
MRS GREN is also applicable to us in our personal christian journey. We need to breathe deeply the Holy Spirit, to keep a short account and we need a nutritious diet.
Jesus often uses plants as a picture of our spiritual life. The seeds on the path, the harvest in the field and the vine that is pruned so that it can be fruitful.
So what helps you to grow in your Christian life? It could be reading the bible, worshiping with other people, thanksgiving, being part of a homegroup or listening to teaching. I hope you are aware of what is helpful for you. Then you can be intentional about doing these things. Growth is rarely quick. Like the ROCK project, it happens one step at a time and over many years. (BTY There is lots going on in the background as we get ready to take the designs to the relevant planning bodies)
Sometimes it is also helpful to ask the question the other way round. What stops you growing? Disappointment, missing church, doubt? I don’t know what’s on your list. But I am very aware that for me there are a few things that really get in the way.
Take some time today and give the question a bit of thought. What helps you grow? Then ask, what am I going to do about it?