Dr Richard Green looks at how your growth is one of the greatest assets to the planting of a church.

The ‘within factor’ causes us to grow. Jesus said the influence of his rule and reign is within.

Luke 17:21 (KJV)
“Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.”

It is the ‘within factor’ that will be our greatest asset. There is no doubt at all that personal growth is at the core of all other growth. If we want to help others to grow, we ourselves have to be growing. Inner growth precedes external growth; private victories come before public victories. Our external weightiness flows from the strength of our inner life. Integrity of heart is the foundation of true character.

Management of others is directly related to our ability to manage ourselves. Self-control enables us to direct our life; therefore self-control is a pre-requisite for directing others. Harry Truman said, “In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves – self discipline with all of them came first”.  Robert A. Cook declared, “There is no substitute for character. You can buy brains, but you cannot buy character”.

People without self-control have no root:

Self-control >> Inner strength >> Deep root

Luke 8:13 (Paraphrased)
They receive the word with joy, but they have no root. They believe for a while but in time of testing they fall away. 

People Without Character

Do what’s easiest
Are controlled by moods
Look for excuses
Quit when challenged
Rely on external motivation
Words and actions don’t match
Choices lead to failure