Spiritual growth – God’s gift of grace, not our own moral achievement

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever! Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18).

“Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ” is more than knowing about him. We are to “grow in his grace”, and we are to give “glory” to him. Again and again we are to “turn our eyes upon Jesus.” We are to “look full in his wonderful face.” What happens to us when we keep on turning our eyes upon Jesus? – “The things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.” It’s vital that we see the connection between turning our eyes upon Jesus and the things of earth growing strangely dim to us. We do not begin with trying to make ourselves better people. That never works. Our sin keeps on getting in the way. We begin with Jesus. We turn our eyes upon him. That’s where real change comes from. It’s Jesus who changes us. Our focus is on him. We “contemplate the Lord’s glory”, and we are “transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory.” This blessing “comes from the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18). Let us give all the glory to him.

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