The Wonder of Growing in Grace!

In our earthly lives, it’s a wonder and a delight to see an infant mature into a wise and respected person. This, however, is only a dim picture of the wonder and delight of growing in grace. Someone comes to Jesus, receives Him as Savior and Lord. There is joy, excitement, relief. That person is born into God’s family. In Spiritual infancy, there is very little knowledge of what this new birth involves. Little by little, understanding is gained. A baby may be conscious of a father figure in the home but over time that father becomes more and more important to that child. It’s like that, Spiritually. God, our Heavenly Father becomes more and more important to us. We come to love Him, respect and reverence Him, appreciate Him, learn from Him, enjoy His Presence, benefit from His teaching, guidance, correction and wisdom. He protects and provides for us. We understand more and more of His love for us. Looking back, in a normal situation, we realize just how much our parents have meant to us. Seeing God’s hand shaping our lives, over the years, we come to appreciate how much He means to us. It’s soul-satisfying to gain more and more knowledge of the Holy! II Peter 3:18 admonishes us: “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever….” Thomas O. Chisholm gave us the hymn, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” It expresses what God, our Father, means to us: “Great is Thy faithfulness, O God, my Father! There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not — Thy compassions, they fail not: as Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear Presence to cheer and to guide, strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow — blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed Thy hand hath provided — great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!” Selah! All who are born again came to God in a foreign land. We live here on earth for awhile for training and service. Meanwhile, our Father and our Savior are watching and waiting to welcome us to our “forever” home. This is the destination of all who are genuinely converted!   Ron

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2 thoughts on “The Wonder of Growing in Grace!

  1. Great piece, Ron. That song was sung at Myrna’s memorial service, yesterday. I got to thinking about where the focus is on our relationship with our Heavenly father. Sometimes the focus is on Him and His grace and mercy, and sometimes it is on the individual’s personal responsibility. The outcome is often an over emphasis on personal works, as if they produce anything at all to provide our salvation. I think the balance is that we understand that Jesus paid the price for our salvation and there is absolutely nothing we can do to earn it. And at the same time, it IS our responsibility to cooperate with the promptings of the Holy Spirit who leads us toward holy living..

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