2. God desires spiritual maturity.
Just as a child grows slowly, but steadily, into adulthood, we should be inching toward maturity in our relationship with God. 1 Peter 2:2 uses this metaphor saying, “Like newborn babies, crave spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation…” But how can we achieve this?
God sends a Helper, His Spirit, to aid us.
My son recently accepted Jesus as his Savior. What a great day it was! And over the last couple weeks, I’ve seen miraculous growth in him. A few days ago, while listening to worship music in the car, he asked me the meaning of a phrase in a song. After I explained, he casually said, “I’m learning so much now.” His nine-year-old mind recognized that the Bible, which used to confuse him, is starting to make sense!
We discussed this was because God’s Spirit now lived in his heart, opening his mind to things that he did not understand before.
We see this happen to Peter as well. Once he came alive with the Holy Spirit’s fire (Acts 2:3-4) he didn’t go back to business as usual. With God’s help, he became a knowledgeable, well-spoken, and confident leader. And Peter writes that this is God’s desire for you as well. 2 Peter 1:2 (NIRV) says,“May more and more grace and peace be given to you. May they come to you as you learn more about God and about Jesus our Lord.”
Did you catch that promise? When you put in the work to get to know God and His ways, grace and peace will be yours. Scripture doesn’t say might be given to you. It’s a sure thing.
And when you devote yourself to godly living—possessing faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, mutual affection, and love (2 Peter 1:5-7), 2 Peter 1:10 adds to the promise, “you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
What step can you take today to move forward your relationship with God? Could you commit to reading your Bible every day? Pray in the car on the way to work? Join a Bible Study? Decide not to skip a Sunday church service any longer? Make a change today and claim these promises for your life.
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