Sunday, June 17, 2012
The place of "Adding to"...Are You?
2 Peter 1:
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Again it's about us actively participating and us adding something...but, make a note, it's not in our own strength -lest we should boast - it is through the divine nature and the Holy Spirit's power at work in us that any of the "adding" is accomplished! But, we must sharing in the doing...the whole "faith without works is dead" concept James was talking about...
If we don't open ourselves up to the Spirit by putting habits and patterns of behavior that promote verse 5 qualities into place then we squelch His abilities to move in and through us -making us ineffective for the kingdom work we have been placed on the planet to accomplish in Jesus name!
I don't know about you but, my heart cries, "make a difference...be effective!"
Are you living in the abundant; life-giving land of verse 5?