“You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” (2 Peter 3:17-18).
We continue from yesterday with some goals of spiritual growth.
3. To grow in knowledge
“About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:11-14).
Here the writer wanted to delve deeper into the significance of biblical truth, but could not because the readers were stuck in neutral. We, too, can get stuck in neutral and rob ourselves of blessing. We need to make a commitment to grow in knowledge.
4. To love and obey God
“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9-10).
Most Christians would respond affirmatively if asked whether they love God, but are we growing in our love for Him?
5. To grow in our service for God
“To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13).
God gave gifts to the church. You have at least one gift, but did you know it contributes to the growth of the body of Christ? When we serve in the church, the people benefit from our service and then grow. God’s plan is that we all work together. Let’s take the next step in our spiritual growth today.
Posted on Tue, August 16, 2016
by Sam Petitfils