The Growth Dimensions: Social Growth
“As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” Proverbs 27 v. 17
Between 1930 & 1949, The Inklings, a famous informal literary discussion group associated with the university of Oxford would meet weekly to read out their written material to the other members of the group. They criticized each other’s material to improve what was written and they would have long discussions and jokes often that sharpened each other’s minds. Members of the group include C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, authors of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings respectively. These are two of the most famous books ever written. Their faiths also filtered into their writing. Their critically acclaimed books directly spreading the gospel.
The ability to change the world depends largely on our social network. Not facebook or twitter, you social strength is not about the number of people you are friends with, it’s about the strength of those you are connected to and how strongly connected you are to them. Jesus’ did not require a kingdom or a million followers to change the world, He needed the powerful disciples.
What must we do about this? Find a group of true believers that can help you grow, not just growing in one dimension of your life but in multiple dimensions. Identify believers at work that can help you grow both in your career and in faith. Identify like-minded believers in school who will walk with you and drive you towards the path of christ while strengthening you academically.
Groups of excellent people to inspire you to achieve greater things, mentor you to achieve things that seem out of reach. The goal is to help you succeed on earth, while changing it for God