”…Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men.”  [Luke 2:52 NIV]

Thank God there is a pain attached to being saved, the pain of growing until we come to maturity where we can do the work of a son or daughter of God. [Oswald Chambers]

Jesus modeled for us the need for growth in the basics of life.

He grew in wisdom—Today we live in an era of such rapid change that we must work constantly to develop the capacity for continuous change and frequent adaptation while holding fast to our identity and biblical values. We all have the need to keep on learning, keep on discovering new ways of thinking and unveiling new perspectives that force change in the way we view others and the world we live in.

Jesus grew in stature—His physical development was not stunted or crippled for lack of proper care or nourishment.  To expect the life within to flow through a neglected or abused body would be foolish and prove lack of wisdom rather than growth.  When the weariness of life overwhelms you rest is the most restorative medicine necessary.  We must withdraw and drink deeply from His presence then we will know and grow in…

Favor with God and men.  Growing and maintaining healthy relationships requires an increase in social skills and the ability to honor and prefer others.  This empowerment can only flow as fellowship with our heavenly Father equips us to accept others with love, honor and respect.    If we neglect any aspect of our body, soul or spirit life we slip off center, and become void of peace and harmony.

Committed to “Grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ” affects every aspect of life but we begin to change, mature, develop and become vessels fit for the Master’s use, “Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord!”

Further Reading: Exodus 1-3; 2 Peter

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