‘But grow in grace’ (2 Peter 3:18)
Never rest satisfied with your present attainments. God has much to bestow, and we are capable of receiving much, enjoying much and using much to His glory. As the tree planted in good soil grows both in the root and the branches, so should the Christian; he or she should be rooted in the love of God and grow up in conformity to Jesus. If we grow in grace, we shall discover more of our own wretchedness, misery and weakness; and more of the preciousness, fullness and glory of Christ.
We shall be humble before God, and active before others. We shall trust Jesus more simply, having no confidence in the flesh. Grace always leads out of self to Jesus, and puts the crown of crowns upon His head. Grace is spiritual beauty; it is the very glory of God. To grow in grace is to grow like Jesus, meek and lowly in heart; active and devoted in life; blameless and harmless as the children of God.
Let us have grace, for God loves to bestow it; let us grow in grace, for God commands it; let us look forward for the grace that is to be brought to us at the coming of Jesus, for God has promised it. Look for that blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of Jesus.
Though holy deeds and fruits of grace
Are in believers found,
‘Tis Christ’s command that they increase,
And more and more abound.
O Saviour! May I grow in grace,
Till I behold Thee face to face.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘Mercy still reigns, and blessings surround me. I have trials from many quarters, but I trust they are sanctified, and I am preserved. I am enabled to be active in the Lord’s vineyard, and he condescends to bless my feeble efforts. The church continues in peace, and increases, and the congregation is large and attentive.’