The Inner Work is Glorious
If you haven’t believed or haven’t heard this truth, let me be the first to refresh the cells that flutter through your mind (lol), and the best friend in your ear that says: Your progress (inner work) matters to God. Even if you’re not where you’d like to be, heed this, YOUR PROGRESS makes room for where you’ll soon be.
I would be lying if I were to say to you that I love growth, that I enjoy adapting to change, and that I embrace the newness when it comes in the form of breaking the old in order to reestablish a new thing. Nah! I constantly put up a fight with myself, and oftentimes with God, about leaving the old the same. The same is comfortable, it’s too familiar, too much has been invested: my time, my effort, my prayers, my energy, my mind, too much blood and sweat has been poured in to just do it all over again.
If there’s no growth, there’s no room for abundance, and better things to come. I haven’t met anyone who would dare say they’d prefer less than what they know they deserve. And if you have met that somebody with such poor mindset, please have several seats with them and remind them of God’s promises. Sometimes we just need to be reminded that more is on its way, but you have to be prepared for it. Our growth is an ongoing never ending process that continues to propel you into new realms you did not know existed. But, it requires you to keep going through the growing.
I believe with all of my heart that God is the KING of new beginnings. (He surely is.) He even said it in His word:
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland. (Isiah 43:19)
I’ve learned that you cannot perceive any good thing that God is doing if your growth remains stagnant in places you “feel” like God has no business interfering with. Whether He’s tugging on your heart to pack up your bags and move to a different city; maybe it's you stepping up in taking a new leadership role at your church or work; or, many times, it could be God tugging on your heart to control your mouth, your attitude, your posture, and even how you may treat certain people. And, most importantly, in order for God to part the red sea in our lives, our feet must first touch the water. Whatever it is, the inner work is always glorious. I believe that before God can display the fruit He’s been producing in us, there are some branches that need to be pruned from inside of us.
So, let’s keep going through the growing.