Focus: 2 Peter 3:18 - KJV
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.
Grace is the freely given unmerited favor and love of God. It can also mean moral strength like the grace to perform a duty. To everyone that is born again, God has given a measure of grace. He however does not expect us to be limited to that measure that we got at first but to grow it until we come to the stature of the fullness of Christ. Hence, in the body, God expects that when we are born, we operate as children; but if we allow ourselves to grow through the milk of the word of God, soon we would grow out of childishness and start to attain adulthood and sonship with time. We will take some pointers from the life of Apostle Peter.
When Christ rose from the dead and sought Peter by the lake when he had wrongly led others to return to fishing, Christ addressed them as little children because at the time, that was the measure of grace they carried – they were still susceptible to being blown about with waves of doctrine. Then Christ fed him with the word telling him his specific assignment in the body: “feed my sheep”. After the Pentecostal experience at the upper room, when at the beautiful gate of the temple he raised the lame, his command was not sufficient to raise the lame and he needed to pull him up. Though he had grown in grace at the time, but such grace was still a little measure because he was not up to turf in fulfilling his God-given assignment. At that time he still abbored the spirit of destruction that caused him to kill Ananias and Sapphira as well as hatred that would cause him to call non jewish humans common and unclean and therefore unworthy of hearing the good news. By and by, he became so wonderfully grown in grace that he raised the dead and his shadow without more was sufficient to heal the sick.
Beloved, the Lord does not expect us to be static with the measure of faith deposited in us from outset. To grow in faith we need to be constant in the study of the word which gives us the light and necessary insight for growth. Knowledge in the word grows our faith; by our increasing faith, the measure of grace increases and very soon, many will marvel at the measure of grace in us. The expectation is the stature of the fullness of Christ. Until you get there, you have not attained sonship which is Christ’s vision for you. We pray with you that God holds you with His hand and lift you up in grace that in due time you may attain sonship, fulfilling God’s purpose for your life in Jesus name. May your life never be regretted in Jesus name. Please make effort through prayer to grow in grace.