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Growing and Changing

In the Word

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, (2 Peter 3:18a).

Of the Word

Watching my daughter grow is amazing! Each time she learns a new word, mimics an action, or gains independence, I realize what fun it is to enjoy the changes. And yet a part of me would like to hold on to the present, to keep her a baby just a little longer.

As much as I enjoy this stage of her life, would I really want my daughter “stuck” in babyhood forever? Certainly not!

Just as our babies grow and mature, the apostle Peter encourages us to grow as Christians. Knowing Jesus loves us so much He sacrificed His life for us is the foundation of the Christian faith, but Jesus has so much more to teach us about Himself, about living for Him, and serving Him.

Just as I cannot be satisfied to keep my daughter helpless and dependent, I cannot be satisfied with a baby-sized faith either. When I dig into God’s Word, the Holy Spirit strengthens me with knowledge that gives me more of the grown-up faith God wants me to have.

Walking with my Lord

Dear Lord, thank You for the faith You gave me when my spiritual life began. Continue to provide opportunities for me to grow in grace and knowledge. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Mustard Seed: Love, Laughter, and Lullabies. DCE Amanda Stacy, author. 19/30 ©2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105.

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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