Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. (2Pe_3:18) The new covenant of grace (at its very core) is a covenant of relationship. God’s grace is available to enable us to grow in spiritual intimacy with our Lord. “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Here, grace is linked with growing and with knowing the Lord. As surely as grace was for spiritual birthing, grace is also for growing. The most strategic area of spiritual growth is progress in a deepening relationship with the Lord. Paul prayed in this manner for the saints: ” that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him . . . and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col_1:10). This process of growth necessitates consistent intake of the word of God. “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1Pe_2:2). It is through the scriptures that we learn of the grace of God. The word of God is “the word of His grace” (Acts 20:32). Also, the word of God has the Lord Jesus Christ as the constant, primary subject. “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luk_24:27). Of course, the Holy Spirit is the one who is to guide us into all of these great truths of the Lord Jesus. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth . . . He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you” (Joh_16:13-14). God wills for our lives is that we might live in His word. This allows us to grow in His grace that we might know Him better. This is what is to delight our hearts and change our lives. “Thus says the LORD: ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,’ says the LORD’ ” (Jer_9:23-24). So many people (sometimes, even the people of God) chase after human wisdom, earthly power, or material riches. God desires that He becomes the delight of our hearts and the goal of our life: “that he understands and knows Me.” So, let’s respond with joy to Hosea’s call: “Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of [the knowing of] the LORD” (Hosea 6:3).
Dear Lord God, I want to press on to know You. Forgive me for chasing after human wisdom, earthly power, or material gain. Nothing compares to knowing You. By Your grace, through the light of Your word, let me grow in knowing You, through the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name, Amen.