Week 2: We Grow By Learning

God made us to be learners. At every stage of life we take in information and experiences, process the information into learning, and potentially use that learning to change our behavior and grow. As a child, when we touched the hot stove, we gathered new information, stored that as learning, and, ideally, that painful learning experience resulted in some changes in behavior (We quit touching hot stoves)!

As adults, we are much more complex than we were as children with the hot stove, and the challenges of life aren’t quite as simple either. For adults, growth isn’t automatic from learning. In order for growth to happen, we must take the learning and do something with it on purpose. If we don’t, we can find ourselves living as hearers of the word and not doers, as James warned (James 1:22-25). To further strengthen this idea, let’s see what Jesus had to say about it in Matthew 7:24-27:

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.

Jesus drew a hard comparison, one of wise versus foolish, between those who heard the Word only and those who heard the Word and took action. The foolish man’s foundation failed when the storm came; the wise man’s foundation stood firm. The difference between the two men was simply the choice to act on what had been heard.

We have been given so many opportunities to hear the word of God and learn through preaching, teaching, reading the Bible, and many other healthy inputs. How often do we walk away from those learning encounters as hearers only just as Jesus and James described? Let’s embrace the challenge to be more than just hearers and learners; let’s make the choice to take action and grow.

Healthy Habits:
In order to grow, we must be willing to embrace new habits and practices. These five steps will be helpful as we work to be doers of the Word.
  1. Learn. Read the Word, listen to a sermon, talk to a friend, read a book, etc.
  2. Ask. Ask yourself and ask God, am I living this learning in my daily life? Then, quiet the noise to hear what God has to say. 
  3. Plan. Pick one or two ways to apply the learning to your life (think of ways to turn this learning into specific action).
  4. Talk. Share your plan with a friend or spouse and ask for feedback and support. Remember to listen when your people talk. Listening is a vital part of learning.  
  5. Grow. Watch the change take place in your life as you stick with your plan every day. At the end of each day, honestly reflect on how it went and what you can do differently moving forward.

Are you willing to put in the work necessary to grow? We pray that the answer is a whole-hearted, yes! Let’s embrace the process of learning and growing as disciples of Jesus.

Video devotions

Learning something new does not mean we will automatically experience growth in our lives. Today, Shane Spears reminds us that in order for growth to happen, we must take the learning and do something with it on purpose. Check out today’s video for a great how-to on transforming learning into growth.

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Music devotions

Peace, bring it all to peace
The storm surrounding me
Let it break at Your name…
Jesus, Jesus, You make the darkness tremble
Jesus, Jesus, You silence fear…
-Mosaic MSC

Push pause and build your hope through worship today. Jesus brings all to peace, silences fear, and surrounds us with His presence.