‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.’
(2 Peter 3:18 NIV)
Welcome to St Clement’s.
I like to get out and do a bit of gardening now and again. Well actually it’s more that I like to use garden tools to keep the garden neat and tidy. My most recent project was a bamboo hedge that was growing too much. A ladder and hedge trimmer soon got it back to a manageable size. But it’s growing again! And it will keep on growing, because it’s designed to grow.
It’s the same for you too, if you’re a Christian, you’re designed to grow. The apostle Peter tells us that in the verse above as he finishes off his second letter. We’re designed to grow as Christians, as we feed on the grace and knowledge of Lord and Saviour Jesus. It’s important to see this growth is not about growing in knowledge about Jesus, or growing in some skill or gift, but growing in our relationship with Jesus, growing to love Jesus more.
As I’ve been thinking about this, I remembered a new short book I’d not read yet called ‘You can really grow’ by John Hindley. He writes this: ‘Growing as a Christian means something very simple. It means growing into the person you want to be. It means growing into the person you were created to be. It means growing into a person who is like Jesus.’ Romans 8:18-30 tells us that God has called us to be his children, and is working in us by his Spirit that we will be ‘conformed to the image of his Son’. Isn’t God amazing!
Will you pray with me that God would complete the work he has begun in us, and grow us, his family here at St Clement’s, to see Jesus, that we would love him more, and so be more like him?