But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.– 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)
Are you growing? Answer it as honestly as you can. Are you growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Got an answer yet?
If you are growing, then it ought to be showing. . . somewhere.
If you are growing, it should be showing in one way or another, in one place or another. It should be showing some way or somehow. It ought to show.
It should show in your. . .
- Words: What you say (as well as what you do not say). Words carry meaning. Even if we are careful with our words, we should also be mindful of how our words may be received by others. The grace of the Lord should come out by what comes out of mouths.
- Ways: What you do now (and what you don’t do any longer). Our ways say a lot about how we relate to the Lord. People will attribute who we are aligned with by the way we act. People who do not even know the Lord have a preconceived notion of what Christians should act like and they expect Christians who are true to their faith to act accordingly. Actions do speak volumes, especially to others.
- Works: What we do for the sake of the Lord (by way of helping others). Our faith should show by what we do for the Lord. We perform good works for the good of others and the glory of the Lord. Jesus said so. He said that we should let our lights shine, and people would see our lights and give glory to the Father due to them (Matthew 5:16).
Take another look. Is it showing in you? Are you growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord? If so, it should be showing.