“May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.”
2 Peter 1:2
I want to start weight lifting.
I thought I’d begin this week with 100 pounds, and then enter the Canadian Invitational meet this February in Montreal.
Did I get you, for even a millisecond?
I don’t imagine I did.
Starting from scratch with heavy weights – well, it just isn’t done. It wouldn’t work. I’d injure myself hopelessly and all potential growth would be tied up in terrible memories of pain and struggle. And to enter a world class championship competition so early in my development would be catastrophic.
(Well, maybe not catastrophic. I don’t imagine for a minute that there would be a danger of anyone letting me compete…)
No. If I asked anyone in the know for advice, they’d tell me to take things slow. To start with small weights and work up as my muscles built up stamina and resilience. It would be a lengthy process, and would take years before I really got anywhere.
Now to the point.
Are you feeling peaceful?
Have you kicked the worry habit yet? Or do you find yourself fretting when you get bad news, and losing sleep trying to figure life out?
Please remind your heart today that peace – like physical muscles – is a gift that needs time to grow and develop fruit in your life.
You and I begin at some light with a fledgling faith. Baby steps into spiritual territory are how we first arrive at the altar. And there is a direct correlation between how well we know God and how much of His character we display.
It works a little like this.
I read. I pray. I discuss truth with friends. I grow in my knowledge of who God is and how He conducts Himself.
And He gives me some wee ‘peace muscles’ to flex.
I read more. I pray. I discuss truth with friends. I grow in my knowledge of who God is and how He conducts Himself.
And I add some bull to those ‘peace muscles’ as I fled them and learn to let my faith do some heavier lifting.
This whole process has been given a fancy name by theologians – sanctification. This is the process of me becoming more like Jesus as I grow in my knowledge of God’s grace and working in my life. And as I practice, the skills God bestows as a gift gain traction and bloom in my life.
I get more ‘fit’. I am building up my muscles, so to speak.
I’m not there yet. (I still worry more than I should for a gal who’s been offered so many blessings, for starters.) But I am confident that as I do my share of the work – remaining open to the truth, actively seeking God’s presence and word and participating in His work in my life – He will supply the peace that my soul craves.
Get to know God more deeply this year with me?
Father, how we need Your gift of peace in growing portions. Help us to build up our faith muscles, and increase our capacity to absorb Your truth. Bless us with more and more of Your peace as we seek You. Amen.