2 Peter 1:5–9
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
As the Apostle has taken time to teach us what we need to add into our lives so we can be fruitful for our Savior, he also takes time to warn us of what happens when we don’t chorus these qualities into our lives.
In verse 9 the warning is clear and concise. Those who call themselves Christians but don’t have these qualities in their lives are short-sighted. The word used here is the word we use for an eye condition called “myopia.” According to Webster this means a condition of the eye that makes it difficult to see objects that are far away. So why does Peter use a medical term to define a spiritual condition?
The parallels between physical myopia and spiritual myopia are very similar. When you cannot see things in the distance you cannot plan ahead to make a directional decision until you are closer to the object. There is danger here as you might come too close to a cliff, a wall, or a dangerous situation. Spiritually speaking, when you cannot see ahead you are not prepared for the life-decisions that need to be made and you can end up in a dangerous or an evil situation that you could have avoided.
Spiritual maturity and spiritual sight go hand in hand. If you want to see where your life is headed, you need to add these spiritual qualities to your life.
If you reject the addition of these qualities to your life, not only are you spiritually blind but you also have forgotten that you were forgiven and cleansed from your sins and before long will end up both blind and arrogant of your blindness.
Avoid this spiritually dangerous position by adding these qualities into your life.
Yesterday we had Pastor Rick Cross from Frontline Missions in our church. Rick brought a timely Sunday school lesson on the need of corporate prayer in the church. The NT church understood this and spent much time in corporate prayer. I long to see our church committed to corporate prayer both in church and in homes. Ask God how He would lead you to be a part of a new emphasis on corporate prayer in our church.
This week, the Supreme Court of the U.S. is hearing arguments regarding the national legalizing of homosexual marriage. This is the Roe vs Wade of the homosexual movement. We should be aware of the danger of this to the freedom of religion in our country. If this passes and becomes national law Christians who hold to the Bible’s view of marriage will be breaking the law, arrested and imprisoned. Make no mistake, this is the goal of the homosexual movement. They want freedom from religion and freedom to open expression of all perversion. We who hold to biblical values, led by the Holy Spirit, are their enemies. Take time this week to pray for our Supreme Court to reject this decision.
Have a great day in the Lord,