In 2 Peter 3:18, we are commanded “…to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” As I read this verse, I don’t see that this is an optional part of our faith. It is an instruction from God, grow in grace and grow in knowledge, not in the ways of the world but of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Most of us are familiar with the short and quick definition of grace, the undeserved, unmerited blessings and favor of God – we do nothing to earn it, cannot purchase it, can’t work your way to it… it is simply the undeserved, unleashing of God’s blessing and favor in your life.
Many are familiar with the acronym for grace.
As we look just a little deeper, we come to understand that grace is God doing for you and me what we cannot do for ourselves. This leads me to ask just what is it that you or I can do for ourselves? Don’t be quick to answer. Let’s first look at a couple of Scriptures:
- Acts 17:18, “For in Him, we live, move and have our being” Grace.
- 2 Peter 2:3, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” Grace and Knowledge!
- John 15:5: “If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Grace.
One song writer said, “I can’t even walk without You holding my hand.”
“From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.“ (John 1:16)
Remember that old hymn, Count your many blessings, name them one by one? Well, it could read, “count God’s many graces, name them one by one.”