Devotional

“You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing.  Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” –  2 Peter 3:17–18.  

In business, continuous improvement is the best tool for future growth. The external environments of businesses change constantly, so leaders must continually improve to remain successful and competitive. That basic tenet is true in every area of life. Success isn’t achieved by staying idle; you’ve got to adapt and overcome challenges around you. What about spiritual growth? The Bible says our Lord Jesus “kept increasing in wisdom” and the “and the grace of God was upon Him.”  (Luke 2:52, 40 AMP) Shoudn’t we?

True stability in the Christian life comes not from planting two feet and standing still, but from putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward.  The term Christian should be synonymous with growth. Growth is really all about improving your relationship with Jesus Christ. The Bible relates God to a father, bridegroom, husband, friend. We often make a relationship with God more complicated than it needs to be. If you look at the best relationships you have it is usually because you care about one another, you spend time together, and you value what the other has to say. The same things hold true for a relationship with God. The challenge is how does one improve his or her relationship with God? People are often unsure how to respond. The promises of grace suggest one answer; the experiences of life often suggest another. In the confusion, we often do the one thing we can’t do: nothing.  

There are multiple approaches to improving your relationship with God, but I want to address one for the sake of this devotional. Successful people work on one thing at a time  That one thing is communication. 

Communication will help grow your relationship with our heavenly Father. Yes, it would be nice if God used email, or Twitter or even a text to communicate with us. But even though we can’t use our typical methods, we can communicate with God and God with us. Start with devotional time with God in the morning, In the same kind of way when we pray more often, there is a knowledge that God hears us and will answer according to His perfect plan. Then there is reading His word. The Bible remains the best device we have to communicate with God. Much of the Bible is about communion with God explaining ways God relates or “communicates” to us and how we respond or “communicate with Him.”  

If you feel that you need to improve your communication with God, just start talking to Him. Tell Him about your day, your adventures and your concerns.  Ask Him to make you better at communication.  

Discussion Questions: 

  1. Are you content with your spiritual growth? Where would you like it to be? What needs to change to get it where you want it to be? 
  2. What can you do this week to improve your communication with God?