Dear Church Family and Friends,

There are a lot of “good” people who attend church and are involved in ministry, but is it possible we’re just going through the motions and don’t really have a personal relationship with Jesus? To borrow something a good friend of mine said to me, “We shouldn’t settle for being good people. We must be godly people. It’s about true relationship.” To help us move from “good” to “godly,” we’re beginning a series of messages designed to help us have a deeper experience with God on a personal and family level.

For many areas of life, growth happens naturally and unconsciously, without intention or forethought. Yet there are other areas in which growth is just as vital, but it does not happen naturally. It requires attention and deliberate planning. One of those areas is spiritual maturity. It does not happen naturally or by accident. It requires intention and commitment and an unwillingness to be satisfied with our current level of maturity.

Over 2,000 years ago a young Greek artist named Timanthes studied under a respected tutor. After several years the teacher’s efforts seemed to have paid off when Timanthes painted an exquisite work of art. Unfortunately, he became so enraptured with the painting that he spent days gazing at it. One morning when he arrived to admire his work, he was shocked to find it blotted out with paint. Angry, Timanthes ran to his teacher, who admitted he had destroyed the painting. “I did it for your own good. That painting was retarding your progress. Start again and see if you can do better.” Timanthes took his teacher’s advice and produced Sacrifice of Iphigenia, which is regarded as one of the finest paintings of antiquity.

Unfortunately, many Christians are like Timanthes—satisfied with their current level of spiritual maturity. They stop to admire it and think it’s good enough. But the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 3:18 that we are to grow “from glory to glory.” May all of us pursue relentless growth into the likeness of our Savior, Jesus.

Heaven’s best to you, and welcome to Richardson!
Pastor Byron

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