I worked for a major US company for many years that demanded that all employees be involved in a Continuous Improvement Process. We had the letters CIP emblazoned on patches that we wore in order to remind us of this objective. Even after we became the best at what we produced in the United States, the company did not stop demanding that we continued to improve.
This is the same way we should be in our Christian walk through life. Scripture does more than just suggest that we become more and more Christlike as each day goes by. But how do we continuously improve? Read the following Scriptures:
• You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. (Hebrews 5:12 NLT)
• You must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18a NLT)
• That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; (Colossians 1:10 NKJV)
• Growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. (Ephesians 4:15b NLT)
As you can see, we can become more and more Christlike as each day passes. There are three keys: grace, knowledge and good works.
We can achieve ever increasing knowledge by simply getting deeper and deeper into God’s Word, the Bible, as each day passes. This will reveal more and more about the very nature of who our blessed Lord really is.
We can grow in grace by being in constant communication with the Lord of our life and seeking His guidance. He will graciously open and close the right doors as we march on thru this life.
Finally, we are to stay active in good works ordained by the Lord as an everyday way of life. In so doing, we will gain the confidence of those around us so that we will be able to effectively administer the Gospel by preaching life to a dying world.
Are the letters CIP emblazoned on your heart?
I like the analogy of continuous improvement in the life of the Christian. Paul reminded the church in Corinth that, as believers, we are being transformed from “glory to glory.” If there is not CIP in our experience, we have a problem.