By Neil Anderson
2 Peter 1:5-7 NIV
Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love
A good summary of God’s goal for you is found in 2 Peter 1:3-10. Your primary role is to diligently adopt God’s character goals–goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love–and apply them to your life. Focusing on God?s goals will lead to ultimate success: success in God’s terms. Peter promises that, as these qualities increase in your life through practice, you will be useful and fruitful, and you will never stumble. That’s success!
Notice also that there is no mention in this list of talents, intelligence or gifts which are not equally distributed to all believers. Your worth isn?t determined by those God-given traits. Your worth is based on your identity in Christ and your growth in character, both of which are equally applicable to every Christian. Those who are not committed to God?s goals for character will never fulfill their primary purpose for being here. According to Peter, they have forgotten who they are. They are out of touch with their true identity and purpose in Christ.
God loves you and will never leave you. You are forgiven by God and are His child. You have established your identity in Christ and live today in union with God. You are becoming increasingly characterized by the fruit of the Spirit. If you really believed everything that is true about you, would you be successful? Would you feel good about yourself? Should you feel good about yourself? Of course! God has not called you to be a failure, so follow His scriptural formula and be the success He has called you to be.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that I can do all things today through Your Son, Jesus, who strengthens me.
- Add To Your Faith: Love (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- The Seven Outgrowths of Faith (codybateman.org)
- Paying Someone to Be Nice? (aneaglesnest.wordpress.com)
- Benedictine Spirituality (benedictinelife.wordpress.com)