Grow Through Union With Christ
By Alexander MacLaren
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...” (2 Pet. 3:18).
Have you any more of Christ’s beauty in your character, any more of His grace in your heart, any more of His truth in your mind than you had a year ago or ten years ago? The true means by which we shall grow in Christian grace is by holding continual interaction and communion with Jesus Christ. He is the Fountain of Life. The heart united to Him will certainly be advancing in all things fair and lovely and of good report. Keep yourselves in touch with Christ; and Christ will make you grow.
It will take an effort to keep up the union with Him, but without the effort there will be no contact, and without the contact there will be no growth. As soon may you expect a plant, wrenched from the soil and shut out from the sunshine to grow, as expect any Christian progress in the hearts which are disjoined from Jesus Christ. But rooted in that soil, smiled upon by that sun, watered by the perpetual dew from His heaven, we shall grow like the lily, and cast forth our roots like Lebanon.
The secret of real Christian progress and the direction in which the effort of Christian progress can most profitably and effectually be made, is simply in keeping close to our Lord and Master. “...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).