Text: 2 Peter 3:18 (NKJV) – but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
The word Grace has it’s origin as far back as the days of Noah, where it was recorded in Genesis 6:8 that Noah, an ordinary man found Grace in the eyes of God. Grace can therefore be defined as favour not qualified for! Grace is in stages and the greatest of them all is, Exceeding Grace (Corinthians 9:14), which encompasses unmerited favour, mercy and spiritual blessings.
We cannot over emphasize the importance of Grace in the life of a believer (a child of God). After having series of teachings on Grace, the teachings have exposed us and revealed to us some in-depth meaning and functions of grace. Some of the revelations being; we live only by the grace of God, which has been given to Christ and has made God not to wrought His anger on us each time we disobey Him.
Grace overlooks fault, it is not a function of whether you have done it right or wrong, what it does is to correct that which you’ve done wrong and make it right before the eyes of men, i.e., it disregards inadequacies of men. To continue to enjoy the Grace of God that gives unmerited favour, when we do not deserve it, mercy, when we sin and spiritual blessings that surpass the physical ones people can see and makes us succeed under any condition, we therefore, need to grow in it continuously.
How then can we continue to grow in Grace? 2 Peter 3:18 says we should grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- The number one thing we need to do is to humble ourselves before our maker, tell Him that we can do nothing except He helps, acknowledge the fact that without His grace in us, our life is miserable. When we do this, He will bring to pass, His promise over the humble (James 4:6 – He gives grace to the humble).
- Knowing Him is another thing we can do to grow in Grace. In 1 Timothy 1:14, Jesus Christ is the Grace that brings salvation to all men, He is Grace personified Himself. This statement tells us that a life without Christ cannot function in Grace. So all that we need, to function and grow in Grace is to make our life right with God, involve ourselves with the things of God, and meditate in His word both day and night.
In conclusion, one can say that Grace is the sustenance of all men and when the Grace in a man expires, he ceases to be called a man. In order not to be void of Grace in our life, we need to maintain the one we have, and grow in it; for Grace is a lubricant that beautifies and greases the life of a man.