But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Master and Savior Jesus, the King. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18, English Standard Version)
"Every step along the path is a battle for the Christian to keep two eyes on Christ...If I may speak of my own experience, I find that to keep my eye simply on Christ, as my peace, as my life, is by far the hardest part of my calling....I approach the throne of grace encumbered with a thousand distractions of thought, each which seems to engage more of my attention than the business I have in hand."
The essence of Christian living is "To know him is the shortest description of true grace; to know him better is the surest mark of growth in grace; to know him perfectly, is eternal life."
Then let me boast with holy Paul, that I am nothing, Christ is all.
“Grow in grace”—not in one grace only, but in all grace. Grow in that root-grace, faith. Believe the promises more firmly than you have done. Let faith increase in fullness, constancy, simplicity. Grow also in love. Ask that your love may become extended, more intense, more practical, influencing every thought, word, and deed. Grow likewise in humility. Seek to lie very low, and know more of your own nothingness. As you grow downward in humility, seek also to grow upward —having nearer approaches to God in prayer and more intimate fellowship with Jesus.
May God the Holy Spirit enable you to “grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior.” He who grows not in the knowledge of Jesus, refuses to be blessed. To know him is “life eternal,” and to advance in the knowledge of him is to increase in happiness. He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of him yet. Whoever has sipped this wine will thirst for more, for although Christ does satisfy, yet it is such a satisfaction, that the appetite is not cloyed, but whetted.
If you know the love of Jesus—as the deer pants for the water-brooks, so will you pant after deeper draughts of his love. If you do not desire to know him better, then you love him not, for love always cries, “Nearer, nearer.” Absence from Christ is hell; but the presence of Jesus is heaven.
Rest not then content without an increasing acquaintance with Jesus. Seek to know more of him in his divine nature, in his human relationship, in his finished work, in his death, in his resurrection, in his present glorious intercession, and in his future royal advent. Abide hard by the Cross, and search the mystery of his wounds. An increase of love to Jesus, and a more perfect apprehension of his love to us is one of the best tests of growth in grace.
Jesus said... “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!”
...45 [Jesus] opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you." (Luke 5:10b; 24:45-49, New Living Translation)