Today, I came across the following video from Right Now Media titled “How Do We Grow?” The video and poetry work together beautifully to illustrate how Christ causes people to grow and mature in their faith as they live their lives for Him. The poetry mirrors what the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Philippi in Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Below are the words to the poem in the video.
How Do We Grow?
By strength or resolve?
Can we make it so?
Can we shape the course of our lives according to our purpose and designs?
Or add a single hour to the measure of our time?
How can we ever venture into what is unknown when we are incapable of the smallest change on our own?
Looking back over the span of our lives we can see the marks that testify
The how far we’ve come
How much we’ve grown
How much of His grace we have been shown
The marks of maturity on our lives the evidence of the work of Christ
The seed that He has planted in our heart the Lord has also watered and will refine every part
It is His intention to give a growth until it comes to fruition
He has sealed it with His oath
That he who began this good work in you will see it through
In this lies our hope not in what we do
But we do not grow alone our roots are intertwined
One with another so that your strength is mine
While we wait in expectation no growth can be seen
The tender shoots that so quickly spring up must go strong less they remain frail and green
Would we be overwhelmed be perils in store that His timing seeks to prepare us for?
Let us endure our trials with patience for it’s in His goodness that we trust
and hold fast to our commitment resting in His faithfulness to us
His goal is for our good on this our assurance falls
That he who began this good work will surely make it grow tall.