"The congregations grew stronger in faith and daily increased in numbers." —Acts 16:5
The Lord is very interested in the growth of individuals and congregations. He delights in our growth as a parent delights in their child's first step or first word. The Lord wants congregations to grow both in faith and in numbers (see Acts 16:5). Growing in quality and quantity are not two separate types of growth, but eventually go together. If we truly have a strong faith, we will be strong in evangelizing and leading many to Christ.
The Lord wants every Christian and every Christian congregation to grow in age, wisdom, and grace as He did (see Lk 2:40, 52). He commands us: "Be as eager for milk as newborn babies — pure milk of the Spirit to make you grow unto salvation" (1 Pt 2:2). So let us "grow to the full maturity of Christ the Head. Through Him the whole body grows" (Eph 4:15-16).
The second letter of Peter is possibly the last book of the Bible chronologically. In the last verse of the last chapter of what may be the last book of two-thousand years of written, divine revelation, the Lord commands us: "Grow rather in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Glory be to Him now and to the day of eternity! Amen" (2 Pt 3:18). The last word is "grow."
Prayer: Father, in these last two weeks of the Easter season may I grow by leaps and bounds.
Promise: "Know that the Lord is God; He made us, His we are." Ps 100:3
Praise: Laura and her children pray daily for an end to abortion.
Reference: (For a related teaching on Evangelization, order, listen to or download our CD 55-1 or DVD 55 on our website.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 12, 2017
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