Scotty Smith is  a pastor who has a blog at the Gospel Coalition. In his blog he does something very unique, humble and very helpful. Instead of taking a subject and explaining distilling it, and showing his expertise. He takes a bible verse, and he writes a personal prayer about it. He is literally praying through the bible. One of the things I appreciate about his prayers is they are not generic, they aren’t showing us how to pray, he is sharing with us his heart, his struggles and his relationship with God. Check out his blog and start praying through his prayers.


One day towards the end of February he started tweeting a series of tweets on “growing in grace”. The first thing I thought was great, another list of spiritual disciplines that I have to figure out how to do. But as he continued to tweet these I realized how utterly practical they are. If we are to be the light of the world, if we are to live lives that people want to start asking us questions on why we are different and what our lives and Hope is based. It might be worth looking and praying through this list of tweets. I am guessing Scotty is not tweeting these things as exhortations for us, as much as exhortations for himself. His tweets continue on, which means I will never get comprehensive list from him. I bolded some of the ones that hit me square in the eye and I have to really think through, Which ones hit you? Which ones make you say “ouch”


  • A sign you’re growing in grace. The more you learn about Jesus & the gospel the more you realize how little YOU know.
  • A sign you’re growing in grace. If you’re “finally” Reformed, you don’t confuse knowledge with spirituality
  • A sign you’re growing in grace. If you USED to be a Charismatic, you don’t atrophy into dead or dry orthodoxy
  • A sign you’re growing in grace. If you USED to be a Dispensationalist, you’re not cynical about those who still are
  • A sign you’re growing in grace. The gospel still astonishes & humbles you. It’s not just cliche or the name of your tribe
  • A sign you’re growing in grace. You don’t use your car horn to curse bad drivers, but appropriately caution & warn them
  • Another sign you’re growing in grace. You get sucker-punched by condemnation for sin less often, but convicted much more
  • Another sign you’re growing in grace. Your spouse and children are the first to notice the signs
  • Another sign you’re growing in grace. You recognize the subtle ways you’re living justification by sanctification
  • Another sign you’re growing in grace. You no longer simply assume if you can pay for something you really can afford it
  • A sign you’re growing in grace is not texting or reading emails on your pda while driving, with or without kids
  • A sign you’re growing in grace is a commitment to pray for people you’d really rather gossip about
    • A sign you’re growing in grace is still being gracious to telemarketers when they call your protected phone number
  • A sign you’re growing in grace is when you use less labels to dismiss people or marginalize their comments
  • A sign you’re growing in grace is just grabbing a brownie without looking for the biggest or best crust-edged brownie
  • A sign you’re growing in grace is a commitment to give your spouse focused, unrushed attention at the END of the day
  • Another sign you’re growing in grace. You quote Jesus more than you quote Tim Keller
  • Another sign you’re growing in grace. You talk about your justification 10 times more than your victimization
  • Another sign you’re growing in grace. You throw less pity-parties, because you go to Jesus quicker than to self-contempt
  • Another sign you’re growing in grace. Your repentances come quicker with less pouting, excuses and vain promises
  • Another sign you’re growing in grace. On a 2-lane-becoming-1 road, you don’t speed up just to jet around 3 extra cars
  • Another sign you’re growing in grace. You’re in your seat in the worship center 7 minutes early to pray for the service
  • Another sign you’re growing in grace. You don’t try to take 23 items through the 10 item speed check out line at Publix
  • Another sign you’re growing in grace. You catch people “doing it right” in a 3 to 1 ratio to “doing it wrong”
  • Another sign you’re growing in grace. You’ve actually read Nahum and Obadiah
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: When your team (Tar Heels) gets THRASHED by your arch enemy (Duke) & you humbly own it
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You grieve how touchy, pouty and defensive you can be
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: People you’re talking with don’t just hear your words but experience your presence
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You recognize quicker when you’re importing last year’s anger into today’s disappointment
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You practice the anatomical ratio of ears to mouth: Listening twice as much as talking
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You say “always” and “never” less often, and “I’m so sorry” a whole lot more
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: The more you understand your union with Christ the more you crave communion with Him
  • A sign you’re growing in grace. You realize that Presbtyerian and Reformed types are .07% of the entire Body of Christ
  • A Qualification Tweet: White, American Presbyterian and Reformed types represent .07% of the world-wide Body of Christ
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t pontificate judgment on a country if it experiences an earthquake or tsunami
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Repentance is becoming less something YOU do and more Someone you trust, namely, Jesus
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: The word “overcomer” in Revelation makes you think about Jesus, THE Overcomer, not you.
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Your cry for a changed heart is louder than your cry for relief
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You notice a person’s dignity before you notice their depravity
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: The Bible reads you as much as you read the Bible
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You laugh with louder gufaws, & cry with hotter tears, because the gospel is at work.
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re learning to repay good for evil without being self-righteous or pious about it.
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: The Bible reads you as much as you read the Bible
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You laugh with louder gufaws, & cry with hotter tears, because the gospel is at work.
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re learning to repay good for evil without being self-righteous or pious about it.
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: The word “godliness” makes you think about what Jesus has done for you, not vice versa
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t have to form an opinion about everything, nor a need to always share yours
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: The time lapse between the Spirit’s convicting and your repenting is much shorter
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You take way less time getting dressed each morn & the main thing you put on is Christ
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: “Lent” is the 40 weekdays before Easter, not the past tense of “lend” or navel filler.
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Your use of caller ID reflects your commitment to love well, not simply avoid people
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: People are rarely offended by how tied you are to your cell phone or laptop
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Your idenity is MORE tied to who you are in Christ than to your Myers-Briggs profile
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: What you are behind the steering wheel is a demonstration of the power of the gospel
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t do penance to impress Jesus; you do repentant faith which unites you to Jesus
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Christian art doesn’t mean more paintings of the Lord’s Supper or Jesus with children
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: When at the “Y” or gym of choice, you do less mirror gazing and more working out
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t violate confidences. You can be trusted with the brokenness of others
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You enjoy, but you don’t flaunt Christian liberty. Act like you been there before
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Prayer walks are yielding as much satisfaction as shopping sprees, maybe more.
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You will do everything you can NOT to do unnecessary damage to a person’s reputation
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: When you hear the word “perichoresis” you think about the Trinity, not gum disease
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You’ve given up trying to be the 4th member of the Trinity
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Your family and friends can relax around you more than they did last year.
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You think about fixing people less and loving them more
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You know the difference between an Armenian and an Arminian
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You waste less food & time, and your committed giving is becoming cheerful giving
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re aware of the racist that lives in you, not just in the Bubbas & rednecks near you
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t trust signs, just Jesus
  • A sign you’re growing in grace. You unplug your affirmation-junkie umbilical cord from people by believing the gospel
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t objecify your church for criticism. You weep with her as a member of the family.
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: When in Starbucks, you don’t judge the people who sit in the best chairs for hours
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You find yourself choosing to use the phrase, “You don’t get me” less and less
  • A sign your’e growing in grace: It takes minutes not weeks to recognize when you’ve fallen back into works righteousness
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Your theology always leads to doxolgy, not merely to you being more right than others
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Compliments don’t intoxicate you and criticism doesn’t decimate you
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: If you’re a UNC grad, you’ve been very humble today about thrashing Duke last night
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You remember the names of your checkout attendants where you usually buy your groceries
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t linger at religious TV programming just to fuel contempt & make snide remarks
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You can enjoy God’s gifts without reservation & share God’s gifts without hesitation
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Your thoughts of heaven are more about the transforming of this world than escaping it
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: God’s promises claim you more than you claim them
  • A sign your’e growing in grace: You don’t “dis” legalism disproportionately to antinomianism
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You argue less about the timing of the Spirit’s baptism & thirst 4 more of his fullness
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You feel like you’re just beginning to appreciate all the riches and depth of John 3:16
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Less cynicism about other people’s sins and more tears over your own
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t care squat about infralapsarianism, but you’ll defend the gospel with your life
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: The work “trafficking” moves you to work for justice, not complain about too many cars
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: It’s getting easier not to retaliate, get even, or even crave God’s vengeance
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: When U hear the word “mortification” U think about killing sin, not being embarrassed
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re increasingly less quarrelsome, sarcastic and easily offended
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Your neighbors are glad they are
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re increasingly Trinitarian
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You can find Jesus in the Book of Obadiah
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re content, even glad knowing that God sometimes answers your prayers with “No.”
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You’ve got a whole lot more confidence in Jesus’ prayers than yours
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: The phrase, “meriting God’s favor” has been ripped from your salvific vocabulary
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: The passive righteousness of Jesus lights an active fire in your heart for kingdom work
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: The word “idolatry” makes you think about your heart more so than Greek temples
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: When you think about “blessings” from God, suffering makes your list
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Your spouse marvels at how much better you are at listening than early in your marriage
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Nothing makes your blood boil more than false gospels.
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: When speak about “the victorious Christian life” you’re referring to Jesus, not you.
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: When you hear the word “sanctification,” you think about Jesus & his work, not yours
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t debate eschatology, you live it.
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Places like Haiti, Dafur and Somolia aren’t “missions targets”, but family
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You desire less stuff rather than simply buying more
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Missions isn’t a budget line item but a core passion & preoccupation
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re thinking more about the new heaven & new earth than the intermediate state
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t feel the need to pose and pretend as often or as much.
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re just as excited about what the gospel frees you FOR as what it frees you FROM
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You spend way less time stuck in the paralysis of analysis
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: The gospel is freeing you from dead orthodoxy and live heterodoxy
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You’re cultivating an informed mind with an enflamed heart and engaged hands
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You love “bracketology” but you REALLY love theology.
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: Because of God’s grace at work in your heart, it’s getting harder to gossip, nag & snarl
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: The gap between your sound doctrine and your actual discipleship is narrowing
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You repent freely and regularly, to your spouse and children
  • A sign you’re growing in grace: You won’t be watching NCAA tournament basketball games at work “on the sly”

 

  • helly ander

    It might be worth looking and praying through this list of tweets. The first thing I thought was great, another list of spiritual disciplines that I have to figure out how to do. It might be worth looking and praying through this list of tweet.
    Growing Lights