Thursday, May 25, 2017

When We Stop Realizing~

So often,
we think age equates maturity -
the older we are
the more mature we are.

And yet,
this isn't always the case.

An adult can be just as immature as a child,
if not more so.

The same is true spiritually.

We may have grown up in church.
We may have read the Bible through and through.
We may have hidden scriptures in our hearts.
We may even earn our living by serving in ministry.

And yet,
Peter,
with all the conviction and fervency
he can convey using mere words,
warns us of the
not-to-be-missed,
not-to-be-overlooked,
not-to-be-taken-lightly truth
in these two verses:

Therefore, dear friends,
since you have been forewarned,
be on guard so that you may not be
carried away by the error of the lawless
and fall from your secure position.
But grow in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
~2 Peter 3:17-18

Growth requires growing.

I know this sounds more than obvious,
but how often do we stop to realize
that if we stop realizing
we stop growing?
(Go ahead. Re-read that again. I'll wait.)

When we stop realizing how precious grace is.

When we stop realizing how undeserving we are of it.

When we stop realizing our ever present need of it.

When we stop realizing others need it, too.

When we stop realizing how often we fail in grace-full living.

And,
what about knowledge?

When we stop realizing hidden truths revealed by the Spirit.

When we stop realizing our need for intimate fellowship with God.

When we stop realizing knowing leads us to doing.

When we stop realizing we don't know it all.

Therefore, dear friends,
since you have been forewarned,
be on guard so that you may not be
carried away by the error of the lawless
and fall from your secure position.
But grow in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
~2 Peter 3:17-18

How do we keep from being carried away?
How do we keep from falling from our secure position?

We keep growing in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

No, age doesn't equate maturity;
steady growth does.

May we heed the words of Peter.

May we keep realizing our need to realize.

May we keep
growing in His grace,
growing in His knowledge,
growing up in Christ.









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