The Scripture admonishes us to stay the course, fact that you will hear said, preached and taught over and over. But The Word of God also exhorts us to continually grow in our knowledge and faith, something we hear much less. As an old preacher. I know says, “Just keep on keepin’ on!”.
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6, 7 NLT)
Today’s daily verse comes from the Second Epistle of Peter. It is commonly referred to as “The Seven Steps”. Following these “steps” will, God’s Word says a few verses later, assure us that we will never slip from His grace.
In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. (2 Peter 1:5-7 NLT)
I was very blessed to have a godly, kind, wise man for my grandfather. He was really more of a father figure to me than a grandfather; my dad died when I was nine years old and my Papaw and I were close any way due to the facts he had no sons and I was the first grandchild. He imparted some of the most valuable knowledge and wisdom that I could ever hope for.
In recent months I’ve also had the pleasure and blessing to be counseled by a couple of my Brothers. Regardless of if I agree with them or not, it seems that I glean at least some bit of knowledge and wisdom from each conversation. I’m very thankful for the opportunities that the Lord has given me to learn from the men I call both Brothers and friends.
The book of Proverbs is filled with exhortations for us to seek and apply wisdom and knowledge from godly folks in our lives. Proverbs 1:5 says “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels”. How many mistakes we could avoid and hurdles overcome if we would only do what God’s Word tells us: seek out and heed good, godly, biblical advice on the matters we face.
Look for opportunities to not only take “wise counsel” but also be willing to be one when you have the chance.
Over the course of the past week I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and spending several hours with a young couple. Wednesday night, during what was probably our last conversation, the subject turned toward the Lord and His Church. I can’t recall how exactly but Billy Graham came up in our conversation. The lack of response from them prompted me to ask if they knew or had heard of him; to my surprise, neither of these young folks had. I took a few minutes to pause there and tell them about him and his ministry, even sharing a YouTube clip with them.
All day today, and most of last night, this has been weighing on my mind: How could two bright young people have never heard of this iconic man? I suppose that “we” take it for granted that the next generation knows about great people of the Faith, such as Dr. Graham. We also figure they know basic tenants and truths of God’s Word. In many instances “we” are dead wrong: they don’t have a clue.
The Bible says we are to teach the things of God to our children and our grandchildren. Just because most of the 40+ demographic grew up with at least basic Biblical knowledge doesn’t mean that the ones behind did. In fact, we dropped the ball and are seeing the results of that fumble nationwide, if not worldwide.
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. (Romans 13:11 KJV)
It’s not too late. But we don’t have any more time to waste either. An untold number of souls are on the wrong side of the balance today.