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:
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 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