Whenever people learn something wonderful, or begin a practice that is helpful often we look to regularly implement these lessons and actions into our everyday life. This happens for many around this time of year and we just call it a "Resolution."

No matter how hard we try, in almost every instance, regular practice quickly becomes routine and it gets easier for us to forget why we began to do a specific thing in the first place. Or we get distracted or busy or tired of it, and we just stop doing it.

Here at The Sanctuary we are all about growth, and the second we found the metaphor, we took the idea of “growing” and ran with it. Now we have such programs and resources like Taking Root, Cultivate, the GROWTh Journal, Grow On The Go, and the list continues.

However I think we can forget what it means to grow. Recently I read the following verse in Colossians:

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
— Colossians 2:7

Growth involves total reliance on Jesus, allowing him to be our source of life and maturity. Growth begins in the truth of God, and growth also begets an abundance of thankfulness.

Growth isn’t a teaching series, something we talk about for six weeks and move on. Growth is a constant process whereby we grow deeper into God, grow taller and stronger in truth, and from which our thankfulness to God pours out.

As a church (a people) we are called by Jesus to grow in our relationships with him and with one another. How will you grow this week? This month? This year? How about today?

Let's choose growth together and watch what God does — in our hearts, in our relationships and in our city.