“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever, Amen” (1 Peter 3:18 NKJV)
Just as physical growth is important in the life of every man, so also is spiritual growth in the life of every believer. A child of God cannot succeed and fulfill God’s plan and purpose for his life if he does not grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus (2 Peter 3:18). A believer who does not grow spiritually cannot be useful to God and cannot do exploits for Him.
God by His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, but for us to experience these, it has to be through His knowledge (2 Peter 1:3). If we want the power of God to work through us and also enjoy the fullness of God’s purpose for our lives, we have to partake of God’s divine knowledge to enable us grow up spiritually.
The ultimate plan of God is for His children to be conformed to the image of Christ, but for this to happen, we must grow in grace and knowledge of Him (Eph. 4:13). For the child Samuel had to grow in the knowledge of God before he could fulfill God’s purpose for his life (1Sam. 2:26), likewise we too have been commanded to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus (1 Peter 3:18). Individually, we are responsible for our spiritual growth. It is a decision we have to make.
God expects us not only to grow in the grace and knowledge of Him, but also to continue in it, by applying His word in every area of our lives so as to be blessed in whatever we do (James 1:25). It would be misleading for a believer to equate material prosperity as an indicator or sign of spiritual growth. A prosperity that is not tied to the prosperity of your soul (3 John 1:2) is a recipe for death (Prov. 14:14 & 16:25). To be a bondservant, we must be determined to grow in His knowledge no matter the cost.
It takes revelation to know what God is about to do. Spiritual growth is not about accumulated knowledge of the word of God but the application of the knowledge in our lives. The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life (2 Cor. 3:6). Knowledge that is not put to use is a waste. To grow in the knowledge of God is dependent on the disposition of ones heart towards Him. Spiritual growth is not based on how long you have stayed or have been a worker in a local assembly, neither is it dependent on how active you are in your department. One can be a church-goer and yet be spiritually stagnant.
Jesus for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame (Heb. 12:2). Is the word of God changing you? Is there a determination in your heart to do God’s work no matter the cost? Are you ready to continue to grow spiritually no matter what it cost or are you one of those who draw back to perdition (Heb. 10:38-39)?