The crucial question is: How willing are we to pay the price? Are we prepared to meet the cost of making our dreams come true? Much is behind growth and fruitfulness that we cannot delegate to others.
Biology has observed that God’s way of breaking down existing cells first before He creates some new ones. This is true in the spiritual realm also. God must tear down some old and unhelpful ideas and habits first before He could introduce some others that may foster growth and fruitfulness. From Jesus’ eyes, God trims away branches that are unproductive and prunes and cleans those that bear fruits so that they will become more fruitful (John 15). First and above all, therefore, we must decide if we’re willing to drop anything in our lives that contributes to idleness and unproductiveness. Once that is settled, are we willing to embrace and develop habits and activities that will help promote growth and prosperity? There are spiritual disciplines that are basic and indispensable--e.g, regular personal feeding on God’s Word, heart-to-heart talk with God daily, talking to others about the Gospel and God’s purpose for their lives, and regular and deepening involvement with fellow believers in worship and missions. If these basic habits are not formed early in our Christian life, we are depriving ourselves of vital tools that are necessary for our survival and spiritual health, to say the least.
Finally, we must ask ourselves bluntly, am I willing to be used by God in touching other lives and make time for it? We were taught for so long that God chooses only certain Christians to work for Him and serve Him. And most of us who are less gifted are good only for ordinary and less important tasks. At best, we are only supporters of the “specially chosen servants” of God. This is not scriptural and counters the NT teaching that every believer is a priest and servant of God (I Pet. 2). Service, however small it may be, is actually God’s means of maturing us in faith and effectiveness for the Lord.
Let’s settle the basic issue, then: Are we willing to pay the price for growth and fruitfulness this year?