5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. 2 Peter 1:5-9
As the apostle Peter writes these words he is writing about spiritual growth and maturity. We are not called to stay where we are when we first come to Christ. We are called to continue to grow in the character and nature of Christ. This happens as we abide in Him. Abiding is simply close, intimate fellowship with the Lord through prayer and the study of His word. As we make seeking Him the priority, our lives are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As we continue to grow in Christ we become more effective for God and His kingdom. As we grow our hearts and minds become one with His. The decisions we make line up with His will and His word. Christianity is about continued growth in Christ. It is about a daily pursuit of seeking Jesus with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Moving from glory to glory.
Those who fail to grow in Christ are those who fail to understand all they have in the Lord. Those who fail to seek the Lord are those who fail to grow. Following Christ is not about a initially decision. There have been many who have begun following Christ, but at some point in the journey have chosen to turn back to the easy and comfort of the world. Following Jesus can be hard and very uncomfortable. We must abide in Him because in Him alone life is found. May we forsake everything else for our pursuit of Christ. May we set aside every idol and every sin. May we set aside anything that would hinder our walk with Christ. May we be the sons and daughters He has called us to be.