2 Peter 1:3-9, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
2 Peter 3:18, But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
This is a powerful passage of scripture; one definitely worth meditating upon. In this passage we find that everything we need to become more like Jesus–which of course, is the ultimate purpose of the Christian life–has been provided to us by way of God’s power (the Holy Spirit) and God’s promises (God’s Word). In this passage, we find the dangers that come with “stunted growth.”
We also find the different stages of growth in an individual’s life. And we learn that barrenness (lack of fruit) and blindness (lack of vision and purpose) come as a result of our not continuing to grow in our faith. It doesn’t take too long to figure out that many of the folks sitting in the pews of our churches are barren spiritually and have become blind. They have little or no spiritual vision, and because of it they are drifting aimlessly through life. They are caught up with pursuing stuff rather than pursuing the person and purpose of Christ for their lives!
There are far too many of God’s people who have stopped growing. Their spiritual growth has been stunted. They have plateaued in their relationship with Christ and in their service for Christ. While believing the right things, and in many cases, even doing the right things (out of a sense of duty or habit), they have left their first love [Revelation 2:1-5]. To be honest, in many cases, they have become lukewarm Christians [Revelation 3:14-20]. It’s not just those other folks who have this problem. You and I often find ourselves stuck in a spiritual rut and our growth in Christ has been stunted, if not completely stopped!
There are many things that we can do to get back on track and continue growing in our faith and devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. Let me mention just a few:
- Spend more time in the Word of God
- Spend more time memorizing and meditating upon Scripture
- Spend more time praying
- Spend more time out in the harvest fields
- Spend more time reading good books that will inspire
- Spend time with other believers who are growing in Christ
Growing doesn’t happen by accident. If we are going to grow, it’ll be on purpose. And we can’t keep putting off the things we need to do today until tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes!