Leave it to a hospital to compare spiritual growth to the medical field. Last month's spiritual theme at Faith Alive hospital in Jos, Nigeria prompted me to look in the dictionary to learn more about a "reagent." Given the theme's associated Bible verse (see below), the definition makes sense. (Note: a reagent is a substance used to produce a chemical reaction so as to detect, measure, produce, etc., other substances.)
March's theme: REAGENTS FOR GROWTH
“For this very reason do your best to add goodness to your faith; to your goodness add knowledge; to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add endurance; to your godliness add Christian affection; and to your Christian affection add love.” ( 2 Peter 1:5-7)
In case you're wondering, this year's overall spiritual theme is SPIRITUAL GROWTH.
“Be like newborn babies, always thirsty for the pure spiritual milk, so that by drinking it you may grow up and be saved.” (1 Peter 2:2)
Going backward to January, here are some other monthly themes:
February: WISDOM TO GROW
“But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all.” (James 1:5)
January: KNOWING CHRIST
“All I want is to know Christ and to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death…” (Philippians 3:10)
I don't know about you, but I'm praying for God to give me spiritual milk and wisdom to experience the power of his resurrection. It's the suffering part that's a bit harder, but clearly part of the deal. Let's see what God will do when we humble ourselves before him, surrendering our wills to his greater will for our lives.