The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.(Luke 2:40 NASB)
This is a mystery I am positive I will never quite grasp this side of heaven. How can Omniscience increase in wisdom? How can All-Powerful God become strong? How can the Eternal continue to grow?
Because the incarnate Christ was both 100% God and 100% man, these things are true. And unfathomable - for me, anyway. But as little as I understand, one thing is clear to me: if we are on this earth, we are to be increasing in wisdom and continuing to grow. If God could grow and become "smarter," I certainly should be!
I have taken Luke 2:40 as my theme verse for 2012. I am certainly not Christ, but I am His child, am I not? And I have much to learn: spiritually, emotionally, relationally, intellectually, and every other "ally" there is, I'm certain. And having God's grace upon me sounds wonderful, does it not?
I don't know if you make resolutions, set goals, or just let the new year go by with nary a thought. But might I encourage you to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom during 2012? This, of course, will look different for each of us. But the result - the grace of God upon us - is worth the effort.
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