Inspiring Devotional
"Our Growth"

Why Does It Take So Long?
"You have begun... becoming like the One who made you." Colossians 3:10 NCV

God could instantly transform us, yet He's chosen to develop us slowly. Why? Because:

(1) We're slow learners! Often we have to learn the same lesson 50 times over in order to get it. We think, "Not again. I thought I'd already learned that!" But God knows better. The history of Israel illustrates how quickly we forget and revert to our old patterns. We need repeated exposure.

(2) We've a lot to unlearn! Your problems didn't develop overnight and they won't disappear overnight. There's no pill, prayer or principle that will instantly undo years of habits. It requires the hard work of removal and replacement.

(3) We're unwilling to humbly face the truth! And our unwillingness keeps us living in denial. Only when we allow the truth to shine into our hearts, can we begin to work on ourselves. That's why we cannot grow without a humble, teachable attitude.

(4) Growth is scary! Though our old ways are self-defeating, we fear letting go of them because, like an old pair of shoes, at least they're comfortable and familiar. Some of us even build our identity around our old ways. We say, "It's just the way I am." Our unconscious worry is, "If I let go of my habit, hurt or hang-up, who will I be?" There's only one way to develop the habits of Christ-like character; you have to practice them - and that takes time! Listen: "Practice these things, devote your life to them so that everyone can see your progress." (1 Tim 4:15 GWT)

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