But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)
Isn’t it amazing how when you are a child your body is in a constant state of flux and change. You seem to grow inches overnight, your face and body change, your hair grows and sometimes changes color. All this is going on and you aren’t even aware of it. You continue on in your life, day in, day out and all this transformation takes place without a trace of cognizance.
As you get older changes still occur but the transition slows its pace. The only knowledge of the change is when you look in the mirror one day and see a difference. Some people’s transition is more dramatic than others. Some may pay little attention to their health and never exercise their body or their discretion while others are very conscious of taking care of their bodies and health. They eat healthy foods and leave all the extra trimmings, delights and empty calories behind. They don’t fall prey to the luring of self indulgence.
This is a choice of course. We have dominion over our decisions, who and what we listen to and we all have differing value systems. Our decisions take a toll on our lives in one way or another. This can have positive or negative results.
Our spiritual lives are no different. We all have a choice about what we believe, who we choose to listen to and follow and we all live with the results. Peter tells us that we should grow in grace and the knowledge of Jesus. How do we do this? Grace is a gift given to us by God in the form of his Son Jesus. Grace paid our debt of sin on the cross and grace gives us eternal life according to our belief in Jesus. But our transition does not stop at belief. If we choose to believe then we should expect the difference that grace provides us. We should thirst for knowledge about this incredible gift and experience the life-changing transformational process. How do we do this? John tells us this “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26). When we believe in Jesus, our faith is rewarded by the grace of God to be adopted as His children “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12) and as His children, He provides for us. By sending us a helper, the Holy Spirit, we have all that we need to begin our journey of spiritual transformation.
Our bodies will continue to age and eventually they will give out and die no matter how well we take of it. Our spirits will continue on to the next life. Again, our decisions and choices will have positive or negative results. As God’s children, he begins a new work in us to change us so that we can reflect His spirit and become righteous through Jesus. As Peter says, “to Him be the glory, now and forever!” (2 Peter 3:18) the transition is a slow process, personally designed for us. It is accelerated by our ability to feed it (through God’s word, Bible) and how we apply what we learn to our lives. For those that do not believe or even entertain a thought that God is a living God and that Jesus was sent by Him for us out of His love for us, through grace….then the transitional journey their spirit will take will be to a place of agony. Matthew states, that those that do not know God, God will not recognize, “They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth..” (Matthew 13:42)
God says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”(Jeremiah 29:13). How is your life going now? Are you happy with all your decisions and choices? Is something lacking? Are you still searching for answers? Why not start a new journey of growth, with new found knowledge and the assurance that this life is not all there is. How we live today determines how we will live tomorrow and beyond. Receive grace, receive the gift.
“ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)