It’s 2022! Can you believe it?
The question is, are you going to be the same person at the end of 2022 as you were in 2021? Will you be worse, or will you be better?
I understand that sounds a little ominous. No one wants to think they will end this year worse than the last. That would be horrible!
So, I’m going to believe, and so should you, that this year will be the best year of your life.
I’m believing, and so should you, God will change you for good this year, and you will be a better person because of it–– infinitely better!
But here’s the harsh reality; as much as God wants to change you for good, and as much as we want to believe it, the choice is yours.
You have the freedom to choose whether to keep growing in your relationship with Jesus or to leave it dormant and dying. No one, and I mean no one, can choose for you.
Here’s how to keep growing in 2022.
Keep growing in your understanding of God’s grace.
I don’t think you can begin to understand how much God loves you and how much grace he has. But that doesn’t mean you should stop trying.
That’s why, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
The more you learn about God through his word, the more you realize how much he loves you. And the less you will struggle with guilt, shame, and fear.
Keep growing in our grace toward others.
If you haven’t noticed, people are everywhere. There are almost eight billion people on the planet. That’s a lot of people to have grace toward.
And guess what? Jesus died for every single one of those people so that they could receive the free grace of God. All eight billion! Including you.
If you have a problem with people, you have a problem with Jesus.
Considering this, how much grace should you have toward other people? Probably about eight billion times more than you have right now.
1 Peter 4:10-11 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
You are a steward of the grace of God. Since you have received his grace, you are now a dealer of his grace toward others. Deal it generously!
Keep growing in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus.
As God’s child, you are commanded to grow in your knowledge and understanding of the Lord Jesus.
You are to, “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)
Throughout the scriptures, God tells us to learn about him in his word and grow in our understanding.
“Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6-7)
This year you get to make a choice to be rooted in Jesus and to keep growing in your relationship with him. Never take it for granted.
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