As Spring turns into Summer, I’m always amazed at how a little water can make your lawn flourish. We recently had to fix one station of our sprinkler system, which was causing other ones to quit working. For a few weeks we watched our neighbors have to mow their bright green lawns, while ours still remained dormant. While it was nice to have a few extra weeks of not mowing, the grass was thirsty and needed the water to grow. Once we got it fixed, the color returned, bare spots thickened up, and it looks like we’ll be on the weekly mowing rotation.
In the Texas summer heat, a well watered lawn is pivotal for growth to remain steady. Summertime can be a “dry” season for us spiritually too. During the summer your schedule is different; you may travel for vacation or to see family. Therefore, it’s pivotal for you to remain well watered for steady spiritual growth.
Primarily that means reading the Word. It is those who “delight in the LORD’s instruction” that are “like trees planted by streams of water” with unwithered leaves (Psalm 1:1-3).
Additionally, God has provided teachers whom He uses to water our souls. While Paul was correcting inappropriate attachments to certain leaders in the church at Corinth, there is a unique lesson to learn for our own personal growth in Jesus.
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. (1 Corinthians 3:5–7 ESV)
Did you catch that? God gives growth through the teaching of His servants. Some of those who “water” the Gospel-seed in us are authors. In addition to the Bible, God uses - and has always used - books to grow His people. I’d like to suggest two books for summer reading to help you grow. I know God will use these to keep you well watered.
Transformational Discipleship. This book focuses not on a model of discipleship, but more how growth happens in
discipleship. Transformational growth happens at the intersection of truth given by a healthy leader when someone is in a vulnerable posture. It will open your eyes to see how & why certain moments were transformative in your own life, and how you can be used by God to do the same in others.
Love this book! | Available on Amazon.
What is the Mission of the Church. There are differing opinions in Christianity on what the church’s mission really is. DeYoung and Gilbert examine each text used to defend each position, and show how it all points to one correct answer for what the mission of the church really is: “to make disciples.” More theological in nature, but written for non-seminarians,this book is a must read (and one of my favorites). | Available on Amazon.
May God give you growth as you are watered by the teaching in these books.
- Pastor Jonathan