Did you know that cellular growth is not so much a factor of cell size but of cell numbers?
How’s that for a catchy introductory sentence? Still with me?
As a christian, I have spent many years wanting to be a really great christian. I wanted to be smart, to know the bible really well. I wanted to be free from sin, not such messed up person. I wanted to be wise and strong, a great prayer warrior, a loving father and husband. I put a lot of time into developing me.
The end result was less intelligent, less free, less wise and strong. My prayer life was damaged and skewed. And I was too selfish to love anyone.
Exemplified in one picture of our family. We were young and had no money but my wife wanted a picture of us. We had to spend money on a new haircut (a mullet no less) for daddy so that he could look good for the picture. Such a waste.
The past few years I’ve been reaching new territory in my walk with Jesus. Why? The churches that I’ve served in have always been about reaching people, about helping others. The roles I’ve ministered in have always been about teaching and loving. I think, and I might even be correct, that the difference is that it is less about me and more about them.
Are you struggling? Put your armor on and pray. Are you hurting, get on your knees and reach out to those around you. Have you lost your desire? Take up your cross and follow Him.
Cellular growth with no purpose is called cancer. Cellular growth with self in mind is called hypertrophy. Cellular growth where the body is fed is called normal and healthy. Even if the cell itself is flawed, healing takes place as it stays connected to the tissues, the body surrounding it.
What kind of cell do you want to be? Maybe I’m small, and my function is so miniscule, but I don’t want to be cancerous or hypertrophic. I want to feed those around me.