“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18
Peter finishes out his letter talking about the soon return of Jesus. He gives a few warnings about staying in Jesus and not falling away before He returns. The final thing he says is to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Growth is something that brings life. Without growth, there will be stagnation and eventually death. There is no life where there is no growth.
If a little child was to suddenly stop growing, there would be cause for concern. Parents would take the child to the doctor to find out why the growing had stopped. Was proper nutrition given the child? Was proper shelter provided? Is there something physically wrong in the body causing the stop?
Many people once they get to adult age stop growing. They no longer want to learn or become better. Physical growth does stop at some point for everyone, but they can still keep growing mentally, spiritually and emotionally.
Believers can also stop growing. They get to a certain place in life and feel like they have achieved it. Many feel like they are as close to God as they will ever be able to get. Others are led by the deception of the world saying they don’t need to get any closer to God.
Take a look at your whole life, every aspect of it. Does it look exactly like Jesus? Do you go through life each and every day never making any mistake, always doing what God wants in every situation?
If you cannot honestly say your life is a perfect image of Jesus, then you have room to grow. Growing in the knowledge of Jesus is learning how He does things, and what He says. Growing in His grace is learning to trust Him to make you like Him, knowing that you will never deserve any of His blessings.
Seek God and find out where you can continue to grow. Do not allow yourself to be walking dead. Don’t allow yourself to die while living. Grow to be more like Jesus so that you will be ready for Him when He returns.
I pray today that God will show you ways to grow more like Jesus; that God will fill you with His grace and mercy; that you will know Jesus more and more; and that Jesus will receive all the glory.