“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble’ ” James 4:6, NKJV.
“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.
I remember talking to God about my perspective towards my growth. He began to show me there was some pride in my heart. He told me you don’t know a lot because you think you know everything. This is what is hindering the pace of your growth.
We hinder ourselves when we think of ourselves higher in any area than we ought to. We then won’t go higher, won’t study and pray more, won’t perfect our gifts, and won’t seek Him more because we think we already have all that we need. We won’t say it, but our actions say we think we’ve arrived, when the fruit in our lives say we’re still at the airport.
Jesus continually grew (Luke 2:52). We must continue to grow also.
God desires for us to humble ourselves and realize we need more of Him each day. We need Jesus living through us more each day. Also, invest in the growth of your gifts, talents and educating yourself in what you’ve been called to do. Every day, it is God’s desire you get better and better.
Prayer: Father, if there is anything I think I have arrived, show me. I don’t want anything to hinder my growth in any area of my life. Forgive me of any hidden pride. Help me to humble myself to seeking You and growing in Christ, as well as my gifts and calling. As I do, let Your grace abound in my life. I will continue to press forward in what You have put in my heart to do. I will get better and better. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: 1 Timothy 4:14-16