Grow in Christ

Ephesians 4:15   Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Colossians 2:7   rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

2 Peter 3:18   But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Philippians 3:10   that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

Colossians 1:9   And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

1 John 3:2   Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

NASB Translation 

What does grow in Christ mean? I have heard that term many times since I recommitted myself to Jesus. I had a vague understanding of the meaning, as I did about a lot of Bible and church sayings. As I began to immerse myself in the Christian life, and as the years passed, as far as people statements were concerned, I found some to be true, some not so true, and some downright false. But the Bible is always right. I did not have to worry about my salvation because Jesus provided that, and I made the right decision to take advantage of His gift. Growing in Christ was another matter that would take a lot of effort on my part. Thank the Lord I possessed the two main requirements for growth in Christ. Number one was to be born again, and number two was to want to. Even if a person is born again they cannot grow in Christ if they don’t want to. I don’t judge them, but I wonder if a person really was born again if they don’t want to grow in Christ. As I proceeded down the grow in Christ path, I discovered the grow in Christ meaning was the easy part. The hard part was understanding the requirements for me in God’s Word and applying them to my growth effort. One year in a company I worked for we had the motto POP, pursuit of perfection. We never made it, but we did improve as a company. The same thing is true for my grow in Christ effort. I need to give the goal all I’ve got, but I will never make perfect in this life. But thanks to Jesus, the Word tells me, when Jesus takes me home with Him. I will be just like Him, and that’s perfect

Lord, thank you for all you provide to help me grow my pursuit of growth in You.