Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:2, 1 Peter 2:1-3, Colossians 1:10-12, Ephesians 4:14-16
Idea: Organic Christians develop with no growth hormones, nothing artificial no additives.
Story: Organic produce and other food items are becoming more popular by the day. People are beginning to see that the fastest way to make the biggest and most perfect looking vegetables and fruit and meat may not be the healthiest way. Many are returning to the old school ways of growing from soil rich in nutrients and protected from artificial enhancements. If we want to be the healthiest Christians, we must also return to the simple and proven methods of growing into Christ.
1. Organic Christians use no growth hormones. If someone had written the book 60 Seconds to a Relationship with Christ many of us would be tempted to read it. The process of growing to know and be more like Christ can be a lifelong experience. There is no quick fix or magic powder. We come to know him by spending time with him and reading his word.
2. Organic Christians have nothing artificial. Because of the text that tells us to “be perfect, therefore, as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48),” some Christians have decided to adopt a perfect facade. If they look good on the outside then everything must be OK. But we don’t grow if we can’t face our weaknesses and our sorrows and our struggles.
3. Organic Christians use no additives. There are so many biblical debates that we can find our-self caught up in, but Paul told us to simply focus on Christ and Him crucified. All the rest is just added on top. Things grown organically offer many challenges—pests, weather, disease—but through each difficulty, lessons are learned. And have you tasted an organic tomato lately? They don’t taste like water! It’s worth all the hard work.
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