“The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.”
2 Peter 1:8-9
Yesterday we looked at the benefits of spiritual discipline and discussed why it is so important in a believers life, to not just ‘know of God’ but truly ‘get to know Him’ by spending time with Him, through prayer, worship and reading His word. Spending time with Jesus, has a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we learn more about God’s characteristics, His love for the world we live in, His goodness and kindness etc., and secondly we learn more about how God see us, His children.
As we grow in our walk with God, we discover that God really really loves us. We discover that His blessings are abundant, His grace is unlimited, and that He only wants the best for us. His desire is to mould and shape us into His own character. The more we grow in the knowledge of Him and in how He sees us, as Peter says, the more ‘productive’ and ‘useful’ we will be in making Jesus known to others.
If you do not view yourself as God sees you, then how can you be excited to tell others about Him. We become ‘shortsighted’ or even ‘blind’ to how God sees us, and live in the guilt and shame of our ‘old sins’ or previous lifestyles. We get so caught up there, that we never move forward as we continually re-live and are bound by past sins.
If we are to grow in Christ, we need to remember that our sins are forgiven once and for all by Jesus’ own sacrifice for us. It as a forgiven and innocent child, that God sees us. If we have confessed our sins, we are free. The more we spend time with Him, the more we realise this truth and the less we allow the enemy’s lies to deceive us and pull us back.
“…..who the Son sets free is free indeed!”