Growth In Christ

I met a person the other day who told me how he had lost his job. He said that he worked in an environment where deception was necessary in order to survive. The workers would fudge on details in reports made to superiors because the work was stressful and people felt like they couldn’t accomplish everything expected of them. My friend, who is a Christian, tried to be honest in his dealings with people and his reporting. However, one situation arose where he failed. During a meeting he was confronted about a difficult situation he had been involved in. He looked his superior straight in the eye and told a lie. What he said was what the supervisor wanted to hear, but it wasn’t the truth. My friend left that meeting and was seized with remorse. He had done the very thing everyone else was doing, but it wasn’t the way of Christ. He went back and confessed. The end result was he lost his job.

Later in our conversation he asked what I was preaching on Sunday. As I described the difference between “growth in confidence” and “growth in Christ” he asked a question about the concept of joining Christ in his suffering and becoming like him in his death. I told him that his returning to his supervisior was a perfect example of “dying to self” so that Christ could live through him. Although he lost the job, he grew spiritually. Because of his willingness to humble himself he came to know Christ better and thus was able to imitate him.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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2 Responses to “Growth In Christ”

  1. avatar Jeremy says:

    That’s a tough story. I know that I still find it difficult to die to myself when faced with worldly consequences. I had a professor who always said that our faith is truly tested when what we want and desire is contrary to the way Christ would have us live. It’s easy being a Christ follower when his teaching seem to be in accordance with our life, it is when spiritual dissonance appears that our faith is challenged.
    Thanks for sharing the story. My God bless your friend and now those that his life has touched due to his willingness to die to himself and live for Christ.

  2. avatar Jeremy says:

    Oh, I forgot. I loved your explanation of pig slop, what a mental image!