Grow in grace and knowledge

Dr. James Spinnati - Contributing Columnist

If you’ve ever planted a garden, you know that the only way it can grow properly is if they are carefully nurtured. In order to have good flowers or vegetables you have to provide the right conditions! This means that to have a great crop you must provide constant care. In all the years Judy and I have been gardening we have never thought of how many hours we have spent on it. Just think you have to water, weed and feed. I hate it but weeds are a constant problem. They seem to appear overnight. And if you let them go, they will choke the good plants out!!

You know, that is the same way with us as Christians. We are told to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The funny thing about this is that many Christians think this is a suggestion! This is a command my friends, we have marching orders from headquarters. Grow in grace and in knowledge. Period! No, if ands or buts!

How do we as Christians grow? The same way a great garden grows, with constant care. We are watered through and by the Word. We weed out of things in our lives that don’t reflect the character of God and we become more like our Father. And of course, nothing is going to grow without Sonlight!

We need the Lord in our lives 24/7. Remember He is always there to intercede for us. That is why we need to keep in constant contact with the Father! Never forget not to get too busy to pray. Psalm 55:17 says, “Evening and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.”

Dr. James Spinnati

Contributing Columnist