Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God. 1 Thessalonians 4:1
Some Christian denominations celebrate a confirmation service for young teens at age thirteen in which the teens publicly confirm their faith in Christ. In the Anglican tradition, a bishop prays: “[May this child] continue thine forever; and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more.” That last phrase is not a prayer for more of the Holy Spirit; rather more and more evidence, or fruit, of the Spirit in the child’s life “until [he] come unto thy everlasting kingdom.”
Paul used the same phrase—“more and more”—when writing of his desires for the Thessalonian Christians’ spiritual growth: “abound more and more.” His point was that there is no end when it comes to Christian maturity. The day of our conversion to Christ is the beginning point in a lifetime process of being conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). That means we should never stop growing spiritually; we should never stop bearing fruit; we should never stop manifesting good works.
Wherever you are in your Christian walk, your journey is just beginning.
Measure your growth in grace by your sensitiveness to sin. Oswald Chambers