grow verb \ˈgrō\ to become better or improved in some way : to become more developed, mature, etc.
Recently, my wife and I visited the Biltmore Estate, which is the largest house in the United States. Amazing. As we were touring the property, my wife dragged me to the greenhouse – not something that was on my list to see. But it took my breath away.
As impressive as the brick, steel and glass were on the outside, the vibrant forest inside was even more stunning.
The transparency of a greenhouse, and the work that happens inside, allows vibrant life and growth to occur.
We’re all like greenhouses – we need transparency in our life and we need to be intentional everyday with what we do. Ask yourself three questions:
- Do I have a sunroof?
If a greenhouse doesn’t have a transparent roof, no sun can shine in and it won’t be a greenhouse for long. Covering the roof for even one day will cause the thriving life inside to suffer. If we aren’t talking with our Lord everyday, we aren’t letting any Son into our lives.
Jesus wants a daily relationship with us and we need to be real with him as we pray. The more time we spend talking with him and reading the Bible, the more we realize God’s perfect plan for our life.
In Psalm 5:3, David writes: “Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning, I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”
- Do I have windows?
Without windows, a greenhouse would look like any other building. But because of the windows, people can see how unique and vibrant the building is inside. We need to have windows into our life for others to see.
The people closest to you need to know how you’re doing and can help you grow by encouraging you challenging you. Being transparent to others allows you to get insight and perspective from others.
I love how we are challenged in Hebrews 10:24: “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”
- Am I watered and pruned?
Sunlight alone doesn’t grow plants. Plants need to be fertilized, watered… and pruned in order to grow. Remember how important today is. Your decisions and your actions open up possibilities for tomorrow.
“Your destiny is largely determined by the daily decisions you make.” – Pastor Todd Mullins
Jesus emphasized this point in Matthew 6:34: “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.”
So, don’t just go through the motions today because what you’re doing today is important. The Apostle Paul wrote: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…” Colossians 3:23
Let’s grow from the Inside Out today.