Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 3:17-18
Peter says that we should not fall away from our secure position in Jesus Christ. This happens when we do not grow. If you do not grow, you stand still and standing still is the same as being dead in the water. It will not take long before you completely backslide. Peter says: ‘grow.’
Let us note here that dead things cannot grow. That is impossible. Only those who are made alive in their spirit by God – the Lord Jesus calls it being born again – have the opportunity to grow in Christ.
Jesus Christ will first have to plant a seed of His life within you, after which it can grow.
Going to church or standing on the pulpit does not guarantee that you are born again. It seems harsh, but it is the truth: if you are not born again, you are dead to God. And when you are dead, you cannot grow.
That is why we should seriously examine ourselves: am I really born again?
If not, then you cannot grow in the knowledge and in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, because you are still under the curse of the law. This means that the judgment of God is still for you. Repent and give your heart to Jesus Christ. He will cleanse you from all your sins, so God will have mercy on you and forgive you.
The formula to grow
Christians, the Lord God is calling you to grow. You cannot stand still. You must grow in HIM!
Grow through faith! Grow through faith in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. Look for the promises of God in the Bible and believe these promises. The more you believe and trust God, the more you will grow! DO NOT STOP GROWING. Make sure you grow in humility, in self-denial, in dedication, etc. Grow a little every day and you will grow a lot every year.