2 Peter 3:17-18 …Beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.
One reason why spiritual growth is important is because it takes us to higher levels in God. However, another reason which should never be ignored is that if we are not growing in our relationship with God, we are likely to regress. In 2 Peter 3:17-18 Peter told the brethren how to avoid a decline in their spiritual level or steadfastness; the solution that he gave them was to grow in grace and in the knowledge of God. The message is that we are susceptible to spiritual decline if we are not continually growing in our relationship with God. Why is that the case? Because staying at the same place will cause us to lose our spiritual fervor after a while. Additionally, if we are not moving, we become an easier target for the enemy. Never feel as if you have arrived, consistent spiritual growth is a must.
There are two ways that the scripture suggests that we should grow in our relationship with God. The first is to grow in Grace. According to Ephesians 2:8 it is by grace we are saved through faith, so growing in grace is growing in our faith in God evidenced by the greater practice of the spiritual disciplines such as prayer, fasting, reading the word, being filled with the Holy Spirit and living righteously.
The second way that we were instructed to grow is in the knowledge of God. It involves not only studying the word of God, but also knowing God at a deeper level by having new experiences with Him. Do not get complacent and stay at the same place, it will only cause you to regress. Stay in hot pursuit of God.
Life Application: Grow in Grace and in the Knowledge of God by consistently practicing the spiritual disciplines, study the word of God and pursue greater intimacy with God.
Prayer: Lord, I do not want to be stagnant in you. Help me to grow in grace and the knowledge of you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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