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Growing in Grace and Knowledge

2 Peter 3:18

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

Pic of Ray 11302014My brother is a Master plumber. He has continually grown in his knowledge over the years. He has memorized much of the codebook and he can do much of his job without looking at any manual. How about you? Have you been working long enough at your job that you have grown in your knowledge enough that you can do your job without looking at instructions?

Growing up as a Boy Scout – I learned that in order to be a good Boy Scout – you had to grow in knowledge and experience. You had things you needed to memorize and things you had to learn. There was a manual for scouting and in order to gain rank or merit badges – you have to grow in knowledge and in experience.

Today’s passage calls us to grow in grace and knowledge. Here it is in partial context – as part of some final instructions from Peter. 2 Peter 3:14-18 – 14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17 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. 18 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.

Growing in grace might mean to grow in experience – to walk out our faith – under the grace of God. Growing in knowledge – might also have to do with experience – but could also mean to place the Word of God on our hearts – in our minds. How long have you been a Christian? Are you measurably more mature in your walk now than you were when you began your walk with Jesus? Do you know the Word of God more today than before – significantly more? Has your walk revealed to you more and more of God’s grace – in your life and through your life?

Here’s a question that I often think about. If we were arrested and were accused of being a Christian – is there enough evidence in our lives to convict us of such a charge?

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 18, 2014 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Christmas, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Thank you for the post. I enjoyed reading it. Christ called us to live out o(u)r faith as we grow in grace. I guess that is what Peter encouraged when he said, may the grace of God be multiplied to you through the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

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    Comment by VaSanganyado | December 18, 2014 | Reply


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