My friend, Eric Bryant has a new project that just released called A Fruitful Life: Becoming Who You Were Created To Be. Eric serves at Gateway Church in Austin, and previously he served at Mosaic in Los Angeles. His previous book is called Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World.
This fall, I've invited a few friends to share what God is teaching them. I hope their words are an encouragement to you as you continue to awaken to the joy and delight that comes with being a child of God.
by Eric Bryant
Have you ever felt stuck in life? You feel something is off, but you aren't sure what it is?
I have discovered that those moments are opportunities to consider an area of my life where I need to grow where I thought I was already mature.
Have you noticed how we grow at different rates? In middle school, some of us had size 12 shoes even when we were only 4'11" tall. Some of us had our adult teeth even while we had a baby face.
We also grow at different rates spiritually.
We may be quite mature in the area of studying God's Word, but we may still be immature in the area of forgiving others. We may have a great grasp on serving others, but we may still have a lot to learn when it comes to generosity.
Often when I am stuck it is when I think I have it all figured out. Mature adults have a level of wisdom mixed with humility that comes from experience. Adolescents have enough knowledge to think they know what’s best, and they rebel against the authorities in their lives (the very people God has given them to help them grow).
There are times in my life when God gently reminds me that I still have room to grow. There are areas in my life where I am not as mature as I think I am.
When we realize we need to grow, we are now in the position to grow. The apostle Paul who started churches throughout the known world and wrote half of the New Testament referred to himself as “the chief among sinners” near the end of his ministry. He always saw himself in need of help from God and others.
A major breakthrough for me came when I realized God was inviting me towards influence. I had already overcome isolation by becoming more independent, but according to Jesus, no matter where we come from or what we've done or what limitations we may think we have, we actually can become fruitful – living a transformed life and transforming the lives of others. He promises we can bear fruit 30, 60, and even 100 times more than what was sown.
When we are spiritually receptive, tenacious, intentional, and proactive, we are in the right place for God to work in our lives and through our lives in new and exciting ways!
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This week, were giving away 3 downloadable copies of A Fruitful Life by Eric Bryant.
Our lives have unlimited potential in the spiritual realm. To become a fruitful person requires overcoming a hard heart, trials, temptations, and rebellion.
Derived from Jesus’ parable of the soils, A Fruitful Life shares what has helped me become more:
- Receptive - able to hear God's voice
- Tenacious - able to overcome our most painful moments
- Intentional - able to overcome our most dangerous temptations
- Proactive - able to live out our calling
The three winners will be selected and announced on Friday.