He, Christ, Must Increase
God is the source & supply of all increase in our lives.
Jesus is the ruler over an ever increasing government & kingdom of peace.
Together in the power of the Spirit they bring increase & abundance to our lives.
As beloved children of God we always have access to more than enough from our perfect Heavenly Father.
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,
to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Luke 2:51-52
Peter writes to the church exhorting them to diligently work & partner with the indwelling Spirit to bring godly increase to their lives.
God has supplied all that is necessary – His divine power – in seed form but it needs to grow & develop.
We are to add Christlike qualities & characteristics to our saving faith so that we become more & more like Jesus.
As we diligently grow deeper & deeper, ever maturing in the love of God, we become more & more fruitful for the Lord.
In this way & through this process we increasingly become partakers of the divine nature – just mind blowing but so, so good!!
What an awesome increase He intends for us.
The Lord of increase is looking for increase in, & through, our lives.
He looks for the seed of His word to yield a godly crop – an increase of 30, 60 or 100 fold (Matthew 13:1-8).
He liberally invests in our lives & seeks a return. A return that glorifies Him.
He freely & abundantly gifts us with gifts, talents & abilities & we are to use them for increase (Matthew 25:14-29)!
More of Him in our lives & more of His kingdom through our lives.
As Peter highlights God multiples (increase upon increase) His grace & peace to us to make us more like Jesus.
God’s intention is for us to abound in fruitfulness & never experience spiritual barrenness (emptiness, inability & lack).
He desires His love, light & life to increase & multiply in us.
God of the increase working in us & through us for His eternal glory.
His increase in us so that He increasingly might work through us.
More of Christ in us to reveal more of Christ through us. May it ever be so.
- Am I diligently investing in the gifts, talents & abilities that I have been freely graced with?
- In what ways am I becoming more ‘Christlike’?
- Meditate on the increase that being a partaker of the divine nature encapsulates.
A song related to this theme:
Thank you for Your divine power at work in, & through, our lives,
Thank you that you are fully committed to our growth, increase, development & maturity,
That You intend to make us more & more like Christ Your Son & our Saviour.
Holy Spirit deepen Your work in us, accelerate the transformation You alone can bring,
Individually & corporately make us willing & compliant partners in the work of God within & amongst us.
This we ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Written by Gareth Jones