Many believers neglect to grow. Why? Because they do not take responsibility for their own spiritual growth. They treat salvation merely as a ‘Hell Insurance Policy’. We need to put in much effort in order to grow spiritually. Why is it that down the line those who ought to be mature leaders in the church are nowhere near where they should be? They are still drinking milk, and not eating solid food! In order to be effective and fruitful in our knowledge of Christ we must grow in maturity.
Those who ought to be mature leaders… are still drinking milk, and not eating solid food! In order to be effective and fruitful in our knowledge of Christ we must grow in maturity.
Know your Gifts and Use Them
Simon Peter, the author of 2 Peter, was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, who the Bible also refers to as apostles. He refers to himself as a slave of Jesus Christ, totally given over to the service of Jesus Christ. This is true of all genuine Christians. Peter obeyed Jesus in the way he used his gifts and calling throughout his earthly life. Likewise, our obedience depends on knowing our particular gifting given by God to inform our lifelong service of the Lord Jesus.
Bear Fruit for the Kingdom
Peter identifies himself with the Christians he is writing to across Asia Minor. He likens his faith to theirs – sovereignly chosen by God to be His children. In the same way our faith is of equal honour and value to the faith of Peter and the early Christians. There is no difference between ourselves and the believers and leaders of the first century church. We have the same resources. We are all saved by the same Holy Spirit through Jesus’ payment for our sins. Peter calls us to labour alongside him, living lives that are effective and fruitful for the Kingdom.
Preacher: Conrad Mbewe
Title: Christian, your Spiritual Growth is your Responsibility!
Text: 2 Peter 1:1-2
Date preached: 14 July 2019
Location: Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia