Matthew R. Perry

I Just Don’t Care About Growing As a Christian — It’s Too Hard a Work

In Uncategorized on June 14, 2007 at 9:47 pm

Jonathan Edwards in his sermon on “Christian Knowledge” gives us this gem to think on:

It doubtless concerns every one to endeavour
to excel in the knowledge of things which pertain to his
profession, or principal calling. If it concerns men to excel in
any thing, or in any wisdom or knowledge at all, it certainly
concerns them to excel in the affairs of their main profession and
work. But the calling and work of every Christian is to live to
God. This is said to be his high calling, Phil. iii. 14.
This is the business, and, if I may so speak, the trade of a
Christian, his main work, and indeed should be his only work. No
business should be done by a Christian, but as it is some way or
other a part of this. Therefore certainly the Christian should
endeavour to be well acquainted with those things which belong to
this work, that he may fulfill it, and be thoroughly furnished to

It becomes one who is called to be a soldier, to
excel in the art of war. It becomes a mariner, to excel in the art
of navigation. It becomes a physician, to excel in the knowledge of
those things which pertain to the art of physic. So it becomes all
such as profess to be Christians, and to devote themselves to the
practice of Christianity, to endeavour to excel in the knowledge of

The soldier is passion to learn his craft, as is the mariner and the physician.  And yet too many Christians basically say, “I just don’t care about growing as a Christian — it’s too hard a work.” 

Do we really care about growing into what we were predestined for — to be conformed to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29).  Do we care more about growing as a blogger?  Or a preacher?  Or a writer?  Or a student and scholar?  In and of themselves, they are dead — we should desire to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). 

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