Lately I have been especially blessed by several opportunities for Bible Study and growth in knowing our savior, Jesus. I’m realizing it is essential to continue this growth right up until we meet Him face to face. Hear the word of our Lord in 2 Peter 3:17 – 18:
“…be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”
In this scripture, I think we see Peter showing us why we must study and grow in Jesus by warning us of the dangers of not having a secure and accurate knowledge of our faith. Without realizing it, we can be influenced by false teachers, but if we have a deepening knowledge of the Lord, we will be stable in Him and not be led astray! I don’t think I’m usually around “false teachers,” but I do know of folks who bend the Biblical truths, take ideas out of context and try to make the Bible teachings convenient for their lives. We need to be strong in sharing the pure truth of the gospel with such people.
The more we study the word of God, the more knowledge we gain and the more mature we grow in the faith. I have found Bible Studies to be an integral part of my faith journey. There are large groups and small groups, weekend conferences, video lessons, online studies and many, many more ways for us to grow in Jesus. Devotional readings each day give a fresh start and Christian outlook to us as individuals and can lead us into self-studies. Whatever works for you, you need to do it. Whatever fits your schedule and comfort level must be part of your Christian journey. (Let’s talk about growing in “grace” next time!)
The purpose of our growing and maturing? “To Him be glory both now and forever!” ALL the glory!! The more we learn and grow, the more we are bathed in His amazing Love and our lives are filled with less of ourselves and so, so much more of Him. To God be the glory, indeed! For all that He has and continues to do for you and for me. Amen.
May Our God Bless You Abundantly,