Today is a reflection day.
Luke 2 tells us about the birth and childhood of Jesus, ending with this brief verse:
And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature[a] and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:52)
As Christians, our lives are to be lives of continual change and growth. We come to Jesus as broken and lost sinners, are made new in Him, and then enter lifelong process of being made into His very image. This verse gives us a great checklist about our growth.
- Jesus increased in wisdom. Am I growing intellectually – in my thought life? (What do I read? To whom do I listen?)
- Jesus grew in stature – Am I improving myself physically? (Diet, rest, exercise?)
- Jesus grew in favor with God. Am I growing spiritually, increasing in intimacy with and dependence upon the Lord? (Confession, prayer?)
- And, Jesus grew in favor with man. Am I growing the number and quality of my relationships? (How about unbelievers?)
in Him, Mike