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"Living on the Growing Edge"

September 19, 2004

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And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:52

Although we know little about Jesus’ childhood, we do have the story of His visit to the temple at the age of 12. Luke tells us at the end of that story: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”

On the trip to Jerusalem He no doubt grew in many ways. He heard more of the Word of God, which He had been studying. He learned to relate to adults on the pilgrimage and then teachers in the temple. He was challenged to question the teachers and to speak the Word as well. He was being prepared for His public ministry of salvation for the world. If Jesus grew in his relationships to His Father, Himself, others, and His world, should we not also be growing every day?

Bruce Larson in his book “Living on the Growing Edge” describes a favorite teacher who year after year produces classes of children who are motivated to achieve and develop their potential. Her secret: She tries to meet them on their “growing edge,” where they are ready and able to learn – not too challenging and therefore discouraging and not too repetitive and therefore boring.

Are you living on your growing edge? What is God teaching you right now? Are you growing “in wisdom … and in favor with God and men”? Do you find yourself in a boring rut? Or are you frustrated with too great a challenge?

God knows your needs and has a plan for your growth. His Son lived on the growing edge in daily ministry and on His way to the cross, where He won the victory over Satan. God has made you His own dear child through faith in Christ. You have eternal security. Therefore He frees you to live on the growing edge of service and witness.

PRAYER: Dear Father, help me to live on the growing edge in my relationships to You, myself, others, and the world, so that I might serve You more joyfully and faithfully. Amen.

(Devotions from “My Daily Devotion” by Dr. Stephen J. Carter, copyright 1988 CPH. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be printed, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of Concordia Publishing House. Permission is granted for one-time emailing of this link to a friend. For ordering information, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit www.cph.org.)

Today's Bible Readings: Isaiah 23-25    Ephesians 5:17-23

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