Growing the Right Way
“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.” II Peter 3:18
My older cousin came to live with us when I was a youngster, and we shared the same birthday. He would con me into massaging his back and he said he would do mine. I was 4' 7" and weighed 65 lbs and he was 5' 9" and weighed around 245 lbs...not quite the same size back. He played football and wrestled in high school and had aspirations of becoming great. He wanted to get better, and he seemed to be willing to do whatever it took to get there.
I remember seeing him drink milk out of the container because he wanted to bulk up. He came to my dad one day and told him his ideal height and weight he wanted to be for the football season. My dad looked at him and said, "I can see how you will get to the weight you want but I'm not sure how you will get to the height you want." My cousin was not thrilled was my dad's analysis and sure enough, he grew wider before he ever grew taller. My cousin never reached his desired height, and he fell short of his goals that upcoming season.
I can share in my cousin's angst as I've never felt growing pains, and I've never achieved great height in my lifetime. I was only able to grow to 66 inches tall, and I only dunked a basketball when the court was lowered. I've come to realize that I am at the height God designed me to be at, and I've come to enjoy the plenteous leg room whenever I fly. This Bible verse about growth is not dealing with physical growth but rather spiritual growth. This growth is achievable when walking in the Spirit, and is required and desired by our Heavenly Father.
Our general manager at work always signs his emails with the words, "Be good to one another." Growing in grace is growing in kindness one to another. Living a life that puts others first and one that grows in grace as we draw closer to God. God's grace toward us was nothing we deserved, but He was kind and loving even when He knew fully the wickedness of our heart. He favored us and put our greatest need at the forefront. He obeyed the Father’s will, and he sought to bring honor and glory to the Father. Luke 2:52 states, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” The Son of Man was not idle and increased in wisdom which brought Him favor with God and man.
Where are you today friend? Are you more concerned with your physical attributes than your spiritual attributes? Do you desire to grow in God’s grace? Do you desire to grow in knowledge of Him? Does your life reflect an upward growth in spirituality or have you flattened out or decreased in spiritual things? May we continue to look more and more like our Heavenly Father and may our lives bring Him honor and glory forever.
Stay in the fight!