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Growing In Grace And Knowledge

Updated: May 25, 2020

By sis Tan Geok Eng

Time really flies. All of us are growing each day in terms of our physical and spiritual maturity. The days just flip past like pages. Soon, year 2021 will be just around the corner. Hold on! Let’s not worry about the days and how fast time flies, but rather be aware that while it is still day, there is much work for us to do.

Jesus said in Joh 9:4, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”

Jesus knew His life on earth was short. He had a mission to complete. It was very urgent and important. Hence, He needed to do the work while He still had time.

How about us? Do we find the urgency to do what we are supposed to do ‘while it is still day’? I sometimes find myself asking these questions — how can I grow old gracefully from a spiritual point of view?

There are many Christian brothers and sisters that I look upon as good examples in Christ. When I was a new convert many, many years ago, I remember learning from sis Baby’s lesson on Personal Evangelism. She was such an enthusiastic personal worker for the Lord. She spoke with so much zeal and confidence about how she came to know Jesus and God. Sis Baby is one who grows old gracefully, showing us what a good Christ-like example is.

In the laplist, these are words written recently by sis Poh Im: “... We therefore recognise that we are frail and need to be prepared to meet God in whatever circumstances we are in. Please pray for my health and well-being and that my stay there can bring glory to God. Thanks." Such strong faith shown through these words remind me that the only way to be close to God is to know His word. The apostle Peter makes this emphasis throughout the book of 2 Peter.

He wrote, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…” (2Pe 3:18). In 2Pe 1:5-7, he wrote about the Christian graces that each individual need to add on to their faith. In particular, in verse 5, he mentioned “and bedside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge…” In 2 Pet 1:3, it is written, “According as His divine power has given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2Pet 1:3).

The Bible is the inspired word of God. What we need to know and do are all written in His Amazing book, The Holy Bible.

Let us all continue to read our Bible daily and be filled with the Word of God, that our inner man is strengthened each day. To help us persist in leading a Christ-centred life, we can adopt a positive attitude in whatever we do. For example, if we fail in talking or bringing someone to church, never give up because F.A.I.L means “First Attempt In Learning”.

If our ideas or contribution turns out to be unfavourable, do not END it by giving up. Rather, “End” is not a stop sign. It actually means, “Effort Never Dies”. When you get a “NO” from friends or people whom you invite to church services during door knocking, remember N.O. means “Next Opportunity”.

With these examples in mind, let us all strive to do better and not give up easily. May God bless us all to grow in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ.

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