Wednesday, December 10, 2008

4-Dimensional Jesus

"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." ~ Luke 2:52

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." ~ Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27


That's right. He grew four ways: in wisdom (mentally, intellectually; in mind), in stature (or strength; physically; in the ability to do things to His glory), in favor with God (spiritually; in His soul), and in favor with men (socially; in His heart for others).

Because we are all created differently, each of us is going to have strengths and weaknesses in each of those four areas of life and perception. (Jeff Childers of ACU has quite a wonderful way of graphing those differences, in fact.) So, as a community of believers, we have an opportunity to grow and fill out each other's deficits and have our deficits enriched by their gifts.

But, don't you think God wants us to grow in all four dimensions, just as Jesus did?

(Remember Ephesians 3:14-20 from the previous post?)

7 comments:

David U said...

Good post, but FYI........the blue is hard to see. Sorry!

DU

Anonymous said...

and the green is even harder :)

laymond

dle said...

Keith,

These are good insights.

Keith Brenton said...

May it never be said that I am unresponsive to commenters' requests!

Behold, the "blue" has been changed to "dodgerblue" and the "green" has been changed to "lime" - both easier to see on the blackground of my blog.

mmlace said...

"May it never be said that I am unresponsive to commenters' requests!"

So...

Can I have $100.00???

;)

Keith Brenton said...

I'm sure you can, Lacey!

Very next paycheck you get.

mmlace said...

Awww...hateful!

That's okay, I guess we're still friends.

Seriously, though, good post. Good couple of posts, really, about being 4-dimensional! Thanks for making the connections that I just would never come up w/on my own.

And for the record...over the past 2 1/2 years that I've been privileged to read your blog...you've given me far more than a lousy $100.00 could ever buy!

If anything, I'm the one indebted to you.