2 Peter 1
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.
While we could take time talking about faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love, that is not what the focus of this devotional is. If you have a Bible dictionary or a Strong’s concordance you can look up these words and see how these character traits added to your life will be a benefit to you and to those around you. You will see how living these qualities must be done by a Spirit-filled person who longs to shine the light of Jesus Christ wherever they are.
But I want to look at two other words in this passage today. The first word is the word “diligence.” Growing anything requires diligence. Keeping my grass green requires diligence on my part. Growing her flower garden requires diligence on Bobbi’s part. When either of us stops being diligent in caring to grow these things from the dirt, they don’t look as good as they could and eventually don’t look good at all. Our Christian lives require diligence. Church attendance, by itself, is not enough diligence. If you are to be a man or a woman of God you must be diligent nearly every day in your Bible study and prayer. It cannot be something done by rote but must be something you enjoy and look forward to thus increasing its value in your soul.
The second word here is the word “add.” We like adding to our savings account. We like adding to our refrigerator, but how often do we intentionally add to our faith? Do you listen to Christian radio? Do you play Christian music? Do you watch Christian videos? Do you read books about great Christians or books that open up the Bible to you? Again, coming to church alone is not sufficient adding to your faith. I pass out sermon notes so that you can take it home, study it, understand God’s word better, and thus add to your faith.
I have known too many “Christians” who were happy to be saved and happy for the changes at salvation but stopped diligently adding to their faith. Their spiritual plateau became a dead end and they became un-submissive to any new growth; they lived fairly cold Christian lives. Their faith was not attractive to their children and their friends never asked about it. Christ was a one-time fire escape but nothing to continually and diligently add to their lives.
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith…”
Today is another opportunity to shine as lights in a dark world. I am praying for you that you will have a light-shining opportunity. When God gives this to you please send me a note and tell me what happened. I’d love to hear from you.
I will be speaking at Sunrise Assisted Living today at 10:30 and as always, covet your prayers for this service.
Remember our sister, Kim Lavryk in your prayers. She is in a bad way and can use our love. She is at: West Suburban Rehab, 311 Edgewater Dr, Bloomingdale, IL 60108 You could really encourage her with a card and a note.
Have a great day in the Lord,