Text: 2 Peter; Isaiah 44
In 2 Peter, we find a closing that compels:
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. (3:18)
Those words sound like a kind sentiment at first, but that word “grow” is actually a commandment. “Thou shalt grow,” is the idea. My study Bible notes refer the reader back to 1:5-8:
5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Here’s the deal: We are commanded in 3:18 to grow. The text in 1:5-8 tells us what that looks like, and invites us to ask ourselves hard questions. Do I have these qualities of faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, godliness, brotherly affection and love? Moreover, are they increasing? Am I growing?
If I am growing, I should expect the “me” of this day to be different from the “me” of yesterday or a week or a month ago. Again, am I growing in these things? If not, it is time for me to do something about it.
in Him, Mike