1 Peter 5:5-9, Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
2 Peter 1:5-10, 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. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
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.
While reading first and second Peter this morning, I was both challenged and convicted of my need for humility and continual growth in my life. Not sure about you, but I often find myself becoming comfortable and even complacent, not only in my devotion to the Christ but to the cause of Christ.
And, I am sure that the devil is pleased with my complacency!
In his second epistle, Peter second deals with false teachers, unbiblical philosophies, vile lifestyles, and the end times. And yet, it would appear that his greatest admonition for God’s people was not to CURSE THE DARKNESS, but to CLING TO THE LIGHT. He admonished them to KEEP GROWING and becoming more like Jesus (2 Peter 1:5-10; 3:18). Seems as if there might be a lesson there for us in 2017!
Regularly, we need to ask ourselves a few questions:
- “Am I still growing in the Lord?”
- “Am I growing in grace (graciousness)?”
- “Am I growing in my knowledge (intimacy/relationship) of Jesus?”
- “Am I basically the same person that I was six months ago, or have I changed (grown)?”
- “Is my devotion to Christ and the cause of Christ greater today than it was six months ago?”
- “Is the fire in my heart for the Word of God and the work of God hotter today than it was six months ago?”
- “Is my love for Jesus more passionate today than it was six months ago?”
- “Is most of my growth measured by the external and little by the internal?”
I am afraid that far too often, whether we admit it or not, we plateau in our spiritual lives. In other words, we stop growing. We shouldn’t, but we do!
It takes a God-given humility to admit the truth!
A really good and simple definition of humility is: Recognizing who I really am, and not who or what others think I am, and understanding my desperate need for God and others to help me in the growth process!
“But grow in GRACE and the KNOWLEDGE of our Lord Jesus Christ. To HIM be glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).