Sunday, April 19, 2015

Effective and Fruitful for Christ

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Do you want to live a life that is effective and fruitful for Christ?

The Apostle Peter teaches us about this in II Peter 1:5-8, “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Take some time to carefully think about each phrase or term in this passage. Grab your journal, pull out a sheet of paper, or sit down at your computer and in your own words explain what each of these phrases or words means. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you grow in each of these areas.
  • Make every effort
  • supplement your faith
  • virtue
  • knowledge
  • self-control
  • steadfastness
  • godliness
  • brotherly affection
  • love
  • if these qualities are yours
  • and are increasing
  • they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful
  • in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ
Peter assumes that the readers believe in Jesus. He wants them to supplement and add to their faith, and he sees their need for growth. He wants them to be effective and fruitful for Christ.

Is this the desire of your heart? Do you want to impact your classmates, friends, and family for Jesus Christ? Do you want to be an example of the power of the gospel? Do you want others to see your life and want to have the same God that you have?

If so, consider how you can supplement your faith by adding the godly qualities mentioned here. Look up each term so you know exactly what Peter means. Get practical and identify specific steps you can take to grow in these areas. Pray for help.

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