“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 pursuit of growth and whether anything was hindering me. 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 was hindering the pace of my growth.
We hinder ourselves when we think of ourselves higher in any area than we ought. 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 believe 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. Start your day humbly realizing you need more of Him each day. Invest in the growth of your gifts, and educate yourself in what you’ve been called to do daily. Ask God to examine your heart and tell you the truth about yourself, and humbly receive it. Sometimes, the truth in love is exactly what we need.
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. 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, Romans 12:3, Philippians 3:13-14