40 Days of Increase | Day 4
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There are three types of increase:
- Incremental Increase
- Exponential Increase
- Explosive Increase
Yesterday we were given the practical task (PT) to go to church with our Bible and notebook and listen for the Spirit of God to speak to us. We were supposed to jot down any clues or insights that we might receive from the lessons, singing, and preaching. We were trying to home in on what it means to increase for Christ.
Did you do it? Were you listening for the Spirit of the Lord? I am not so naive to think the only question on our minds was to find out what it means to increase for Christ. In fact, I spoke with many people yesterday at church, and there were a multitude of problems, hurts, and challenges people were facing. I also know that according to scientific research human beings can only handle about three major issues in their lives at a time.
So, what I am saying is, I understand if you had a difficult time focusing on the question of what it means to increase in Christ. But, honestly, when John the Baptist uttered these words, “He must increase, but I must decrease,” he was laying down a principle that is the answer to all of our questions in life. That’s because when Jesus increases in our lives, everything that Jesus is increases in our lives, amen? In fact, you just read my answer to yesterday’s question from the little girl who asked, “What does it mean when our Sunday school teacher tells us that Jesus must increase in our lives.” My answer:
When Jesus increases in our lives, everything that Jesus is increases in our lives. This includes His grace, His peace, His love, and everything else that Jesus is.
Okay, so I went a little over the limit of 25 words. So just use the first part of the answer, and you are well under 25.
When Jesus increases in our lives, everything that Jesus is increases in our lives.
If we tried to write down all that Jesus is, all the computer storage of the entire globe couldn’t handle it. What we are dealing with then, in this 40 Days of Increase challenge is the how. How do we affect this? How do we make this happen? In just a moment you will see how this question is part of your practical task for today.
Three types of increase.
When we say we would like Christ to increase in our lives, I believe our mental picture of that kind of increase is incremental. We feel we would like to have a little more of Christ each day. This is perhaps a general idea in our minds. As Christians we know innately that we should do as 2 Peter 3:18 tells us to do. We should be growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. We feel perhaps we could do this by allowing Christ to increase a little here, and a little there. That would be incremental increase.
If you don’t know what it is, the easiest way to for me to explain exponential increase is by telling the penny story. What would you rather have, $1,000,000.00 now, or a penny doubled every day for thirty days? Well, if you chose the million dollars, you would have lost over four million dollars! The total of a penny doubled every day for thirty days is $5,368,709.12. Check it out below.
Day 1: $.01
Day 2: $.02
Day 3: $.04
Day 4: $.08
Day 5: $.16
Day 6: $.32
Day 7: $.64
Day 8: $1.28
Day 9: $2.56
Day 10: $5.12
Day 11: $10.24
Day 12: $20.48
Day 13: $40.96
Day 14: $81.92
Day 15: $163.84
Day 16: $327.68
Day 17: $655.36
Day 18: $1,310.72
Day 19: $2,621.44
Day 20: $5,242.88
Day 21: $10,485.76
Day 22: $20,971.52
Day 23: $41,943.04
Day 24: $83,386.08
Day 25: $167,772.16
Day 26: $335,544.32
Day 27: $671,088.64
Day 28: $1,342,177.28
Day 29: $2,684,354.56
Day 30: $5,368,709.12
When a person trusts Christ as his or her personal Savior, Christ increases in an explosive way! EVERYTHING changes. Amen? No one is saved gradually.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
I know I had this thought yesterday at church during the preaching. “Christ has the power to increase in our lives in an explosive way—not just at our salvation—but every single day. Jesus told us:
Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Jesus’ explosive power is available to us by way of faith.
Your practical task for today.
- Write Day 4 on a new page in your journal.
- Write down your best answer to yesterday’s question on today’s page. What does it mean for Christ to increase in my life? You may not have it perfect yet, and you can keep revising until you feel it embodies the full meaning of the phrase, He must increase. (I’d love to see your answer in the comments section. I am learning a lot from this challenge, and I enjoy reading your comments tremendously.)
- Pray and consider the three types of growth today. Try to answer this single question.
What can I do today to see incremental increase of Christ in my life today?
Here’s the hard part. Do it.
God bless you and have an awesome and inspired day in Christ.
HE MUST INCREASE
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