In the previous lesson we learnt that the Lord Jesus wants us to know without a doubt that we belong to Him. As long as we know that we are saved, there is another important thing that the Lord Jesus wants us to do. We read this in the Bible,
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” 2 Peter 3 vs. 18
What is the meaning of this verse? It means that the Lord Jesus wants us to grow and be more like Him. We are going to explore this great topic in our current lesson.
First, let us imagine if you were to try and put on an old jersey that you used to wear when you very young. Will it still fit you? Definitely not! The old jersey is so small you cannot fit in it. Over the years you have been growing. This growth is brought about by several factors including a good supply of food daily. Likewise, you have to grow spiritually. And this means that you need spiritual food to grow. This spiritual food is the Word of God, the Bible.
The Bible reads,
“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby…” 1 Peter 2 vs. 2
There are three things we will discuss which will help us to grow spiritually that we may be more like the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is very important that we read the Bible every day. The Bible is our spiritual food, the very word of God Himself. No one can grow to be more like the Lord Jesus if he/she does not read the Bible.
The second thing we need to do is to store in our memories Bible verses and passages. In Psalm 119 vs. 11 we read these words,
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!
To keep the word of God in our hearts means that we will retain in our memories some Bible verses or passages. In this way, when temptations come we will be able to remember a verse from the Bible which will help us to say, “No!” to the devil.
Remember that this is what Jesus did while He was on earth. In Matthew chapter 4 we read that He too was tempted by the devil. The devil tried to deceive Him by quoting some Bible verses but every time he did that Jesus remembered and used another verse from the Bible to drive the devil away. In the end, the devil left Him alone. The Lord Jesus did not give in to temptation; He resisted the devil using God’s word.
What if it was you who was tempted by the devil? Satan will try to tempt you to do things like telling lies. You have to know what the Bible says so that you can use a Bible verse or passage to say, “No!” to him. Then you will grow to be more like the Lord Jesus.
It is not enough to know Bible verses and keep them in our memories. The hardest and most important thing is to obey what the Bible teaches. We have to do what those verses tell us to do.
Imagine your father gave you a list of responsibilities to do and then he went away on a trip. While he was gone, you begun to read the list that he gave to you every day until you memorized them all in the same order they were written. But then, you did not do any single thing that you were told to do. When he returns, do you think he will be impressed by the fact that you know the instructions he gave to you? No! He will not be impressed because although you know the instructions you have not obeyed them.
Knowing the Bible verses by memory alone does not help you to grow to be more like the Lord Jesus. You must do what He tells you to do in the Bible. Read below the words of the Lord Jesus Christ:
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me…” John 14 vs. 21
Keeping the Lord’s commandments means doing them and carrying them out. Satan will try by all means possible to prevent you from reading your Bible, memorizing the verses and obeying the Bible. However, you must remember that you have the Holy Spirit in your heart. He will help you to remember the things you have learnt from the Bible and to obey God’s word.
We know that while you are doing these lessons you will learn more about the Lord Jesus Christ and ultimately you will desire to grow to be more like Him. May we suggest that you write down the three things that will help you to grow to be like the Lord Jesus Christ and then neatly stick them to you bedroom wall? In that way, every time you wake up you will remember what to do.
Your memory verse for the day is:
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…”
2 Peter 3 vs. 18