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“A man grows with the greatness of his task.” That is a line from the movie Assassin’s Creed. It may be a line of dialogue from a movie but it is also very relevant to real life. Not growing is an issue we all face. It is so easy to get stuck. It is even easy to get stuck after we have had a revelation or have seen God work in amazing ways. This happened to Israel long ago after God had freed the people from Egyptian captivity. Israel was in a great place but they got stuck and stopped growing. Ps. 106:12-15, “Then they believed His promises and sang His praise. But they soon forgot what He had done and did not wait for His plan to unfold. In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wilderness they put God to the test. So He gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease among them.” How could they have been part of something so wonderful and end up stuck? The same way we can – belief leads to praise which leads to forgetfulness which leads to impatience which leads to selfishness which leads to putting God to the test which results in emptiness. There does not seem to be a logical connection in the progression listed above. So what is the driving factor? Perhaps it is this, they, we allow life to get small. In an effort to protect ourselves or entertain ourselves or please ourselves we forget that because of our faith in God we are part of something great. God has called us to be part of what He is doing and that is a call to greatness. If you are interested in growing, don't run away from greatness. Don’t make it small. In Phil. 3:14 Paul writes, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” If your purpose, your calling, your task is great, you will grow. This is how we raise the bar on our discipleship.

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