If you have kids or grandkids, you have experienced the phenomenon of watching them grow by leaps and bounds. Our three-year old can tell you the entire table of contents of his favorite book. He couldn’t do that a week ago. The five-year old suddenly made two soccer goals. She couldn’t do that last year, mostly because she disliked the uniform. Something clicks in the mind and suddenly a child can do a thing that couldn’t be done previously. Well, mostly. This never happened to me when it came to Algebra. There was no leaping or bounding there for me.
I thought about that when I read today’s passage. Paul describes the faithfulness of the church at Thessalonica as growing by “leaps and bounds.” How does your faith grow? Is it leaping and bounding?
2 Thessalonians 1 (Common English Bible)
3 Brothers and sisters, we must always thank God for you. This is only right because your faithfulness is growing by leaps and bounds, and the love that all of you have for each other is increasing. 4 That’s why we ourselves are bragging about you in God’s churches. We tell about your endurance and faithfulness in all the harassments and trouble that you have put up with.
I appreciate how you are incorporating a devotional into your day. Good on you! I want to encourage you to engage in other things that will help your faith to grow:
Regular corporate worship.
Volunteering in a ministry or mission.
Regular, meaningful giving of your financial resources.
Deep and constant prayer.
Imitating Christ in all that you do.
Paul says that growing by leaps and bounds in your faith makes you worthy of God’s calling and honors the name of Jesus.
11 We are constantly praying for you for this: that our God will make you worthy of his calling and accomplish every good desire and faithful work by his power. 12 Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored by you, and you will be honored by him, consistent with the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
What do you need to do to grow your faith? Start now.