As we approach the end of the year, it is important that we reflect on our lives, and count our blessings. We will notice the abundance of life that we have, and continue to enjoy. We will recognize how blessed we are because of the grace and lovingkindness of our God. Consider also the trials that we have overcome in this year, and rejoice because by overcoming those trials, we have better equipped ourselves to stand fast in trials to come (James.1:2). I remember the words of one of my instructors, “the biggest room in my house, is the room for improvement.” Such should be our attitude about our personal growth.
As Christians it is critical for us to continue to grow in our knowledge and in our practice of God’s Word. Hearken unto the authoritative words of the apostle Peter: “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18). In the context, Peter admonishes Christians, that if they do not grow, they can be easily led away by the error of the wicked. We need time to meditate and evaluate how we can become better servants of the Lord. We are certain that no one can please God unless he knows what God desires (Matt. 7:21). Aiding in our improvement, God has provided in His Holy Word a guide for us to follow starting today, and moving forward to eternity. “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (2 Peter 1:5–7) Brothers and Sisters, notice why we need to grow or increase in these things: “For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:8).
We are called to be fruitful branches of the vine, for the Lord will remove the unfruitful branches (John. 15:5,6). We all have strengths and weaknesses in regard to these different areas. The important thing is that we must grow and improve. How have I walked and served my Lord in the past? How will I walk and serve him starting today? Let us pause and examine ourselves, that we might encourage one another and continue to please our God.