For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)
Leith Anderson, the President of the National Association of Evangelicals, tells us that growing in grace is the basis of our relationship with God. It’s a gift, “the tangible expression of God’s love.”
Our challenge is that even though we know God is good, we are slow to grow in grace. That’s why the Apostle Peter says we must not only grow in grace but embrace knowledge as well.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (2 Peter 1:2)
There is power in knowledge.
His divine power gives us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3)
But growth requires moving beyond what we know to include sharing all our life experiences with Jesus Christ. Don’t limit yourself to knowing your Savior only during good times. Experience his gift of grace in different but wonderful ways through the hard times, the difficult decisions, and distress.
Even illness and death are opportunities to grow in the gifts of grace and knowledge from Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. “As hard as they are,” concludes Pastor Anderson, “they may well be your grandest of all opportunities to know him and grow in him.”