Have you ever planted a garden? Gardening takes time. Gardening is a process. In fact, the seed you start with is not the plant you end up with. They look nothing alike. Plants grow in small increments. So much so that you barely even notice the changes until several days, if not weeks, go by. Spiritual growth is a lot like natural growth. It takes time. It’s a process and how you look, act, feel, and think will change over time. We grow from being self-centered to God-centered. We grow from being a receiver to being a giver. We grow from loving ourselves to loving God and others.
One of the areas that the Bible speaks about this journey of growth is in grace! 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 forever. Amen.” Grace is simply defined as God giving us the good things we don’t deserve. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) We can’t measure up to God’s standard because of sin! But G.R.A.C.E is God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Grace is not earned; it is a free gift given by God. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
At first, grace for a new believer is being overwhelmed by realizing all that God has done to make us a part of His family and giving us access to all that He has! But the real end of grace is to guide us to grow in spiritual maturity to become more like Christ. We grow in grace, not to obtain more grace from God. God’s grace is infinite and was given to us the moment we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. But we grow in grace to gain a deeper understanding of all that Jesus has done in us and for us! It is allowing His grace to work out in our lives, transforming us into the image of Christ. It’s extending His grace to others so they can know Him more deeply too!
As 2 Peter 3:18 tells us, we “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” Grace grows in our lives as we enjoy time with Jesus reading His Word and applying it to our everyday life. The more we know Jesus, the more we can be like Jesus, and the more we can live in His grace and extend it to others! When we shine the character of Christ 2 Peter 3:18 concludes by saying it brings, “Glory (to Jesus) both now and forever.” Another way to say glory is honor or praise. The more we display the character of Christ by applying God’s Word to our lives, the more we will grow in grace and bring honor and praise to Him.
This is a process. It takes time, and the changes will not occur overnight. But as we stay faithful to keep on walking with the Lord, we will grow in grace and ever increasingly become more and more like Him!
Prayer: Father God, thank you for your grace given to me freely through your son Jesus Christ. Help me to apply your Word at each stage in my walk with you. I choose to grow in grace and continually be transformed into the image of Christ. I pray that my life will bring glory and honor to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen!