Growing a Strong Faith (and Lawn)

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Recently someone said to me, “I drove past your house and wow, your lawn looks amazing.”

A friend’s husband once said to me with a bit of sarcasm, “Thanks for giving my wife all that lawn care advice. Now it’s growing so fast and thick I have to cut it every five days.”

My next door neighbor informed me that she told her husband that she wants her lawn to look like Mike’s lawn.

I have been described as a bit fanatical when it comes to my lawn. My wife has challenged me to keep a running tab on how much money I spend on my lawn each year but honestly, I am not sure I want to know.

What I do know is it takes a serious investment of time, effort and money to have a lawn that people notice. One has to decide if it’s really worth that investment.

The same is true also with our relationship with Jesus. It takes a lot of effort to grow your roots down into him, and let your lives be built on him so that your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:7 NLT)

Much like a lawn, you must be committed to growing deep roots so when the heat rises your faith can sustain the increased stress. This doesn’t happen automatically.

I fertilize my lawn about every six weeks. I water it several times each week. Every two years I thatch the lawn, removing all the dead grass and at the same time I over seed the existing lawn with a quality seed. When the lawn needs to be cut, I rotate the direction that I cut from a vertical cut, to a horizontal cut and then a diagonal cut. Each fall I do a lime treatment to keep a proper pH level in the soil.

Each of these steps contribute to a beautiful lawn that others notice.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossian church, “For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people.” (Col.1:4). The Colossians had a noticeable faith. People spoke of it and I am sure many who took notice wished they had the same type of faith.

What are you investing to grow your faith? Are you intentionally taking steps that will contribute to a healthy faith? Here at NCC we have identified seven habits that are consistently a part of the daily routines of spiritually mature people. Three times a year we create a new small group of the most recent new followers of Jesus and study together these seven habits. I encourage participants to make these spiritual disciplines a regular part of their life. Combined together these seven disciplines grow a strong faith deep down into Christ that overflows with thankfulness.

The seven habits are:

  • Worship Passionately
  • Study Intently
  • Serve Sacrificially
  • Pray Expectantly
  • Share Effectively
  • Live Obediently
  • Manage Wisely

Click Here to go to the resource page to download a WinZip file of the seven lessons. Use them to lead a group of new believers in your church or use them as a personal study.

What do you do to contribute to your spiritual growth? I’d love to learn from you. (And if you have a few lawn tips for me I am all ears.)

God Bless.

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