“…growing in the knowledge of God.” - Colossians 1
We may be able to take short cuts in some things in life, but when it comes to growing in our knowledge of Jesus, there are NO SHORT CUTS. I am sorry to break the bad news to us all today, but the way we become disciples of Jesus is to sign up for the long haul. In order to understand God more fully and to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus, we need to spend time in God's presence.
There is just no quick 'pill' we swallow to learn the Bible, to become effective in Prayer, to grow in our faith and to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. It requires discipline and commitment.
2 Corinthians 8:10-20 -So here’s what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. The heart regulates the hands. This isn’t so others can take it easy while you sweat it out. No, you’re shoulder to shoulder with them all the way, your surplus matching their deficit, their surplus matching your deficit. In the end you come out even. As it is written, Nothing left over to the one with the most, Nothing lacking to the one with the least.
Living in Grace