ARE YOU GROWING SPIRITUALLY?
��grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ� (2
Peter 3:18 NIV).
Growth is very essential to any living being or organization. Nobody would
want to remain stagnant where he/she was last year. Also, no one would want
his/her child to refuse to grow. We all want to grow physically, mentally,
emotionally, financially, materially and in other ramifications. This
should be applicable also to our spiritual life. However, only believers
grow spiritually. Just like any other growth or development, spiritual
growth is not attained instantaneously. It is not dramatic experiences,
climactic turning points, or instant solutions to spiritual problems that
many people are looking for today. God�s design is that we be seasoned to
maturity through a continual process of growth. This made Peter to tell his
readers in 2 Peter 3:18 to grow spiritually.
Peter admonished believers to grow, not any other person. This is rather a
command, not an advice, so you have to desire and determine to grow
spiritually. The determination to grow must be consistent without any
distraction (compare Hebrews 12:2). If you are to be prepared for spiritual
growth, your focus must be right. The focus must not be on what you must
do, but on who you must be!
Peter instructed us to grow spiritually in two things: grace and knowledge.
Grace is important because it is the foundation of the spiritual life
(compare Ephesians 2:8). The spiritual life is impossible without grace.
You cannot know God apart from grace. You cannot grow apart from grace. You
cannot deal with failure apart from grace. Moses knew this, and he asked
for it (see Exodus 33:13). Grace also sustains you when you fail or when
things are not going the way you want (see 2 Corinthians 12:7-10). To grow
in one�s knowledge of Jesus Christ is not factual knowledge, but the
experiential knowledge of Jesus Christ (see Philippians 3:10). The order of
these items is important. Grace must precede knowledge. Therefore, keep
things in order. Grace comes before knowledge. Without Jesus there is no
understanding of grace. You cannot have knowledge without Jesus. Jesus is
the embodiment of grace and spiritual truth.
The last thing to note in this verse is the purpose of the growth: God�s
glory. Everything we do or whoever we are must be to God�s glory (John
2:11; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Peter 5:10-11; Jude 25; Revelation 1:6;
The second part of this message next week will briefly discuss what
spiritual growth is not.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Help me Lord to be growing in Your grace and knowledge.
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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