Growing in Faith – how do we achiever this? Daily…
3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
The power to lead a Godly life comes from God. Because we don’t have the resources to be truly godly, God allows us to “share in his divine nature” in order to keep us from sin and help us live for him. Take that in for a moment, I know I had to. The power to lead our lives with God first comes from him. If we ever think we cannot do it, we can. He makes it possible.
When we were born again, God by his spirit empowers us with his own goodness. Just think about that – GOD gives us a part of him. His spirit. His godliness. How can we miss this sometimes?
5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
Faith MUST BE more than belief in certain facts; it must result in action, growth in character, and the practice of moral discipline, or it will die and fade away.
Peter lists several of faith’s actions:
- Learning to know God better
- Developing perseverance
- Doing God’s will
- Loving others
These actions do not come automatically – they require hard work. But they are not optional. All of them must be a continual part of the Christian life. We don’t finish one and start on the next, but we work on them all together. God empowers and enables us, but he also gives us the responsibility to learn and grow. And sometimes that responsibility can go last on the list for us.
8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
It is true that deeds cannot save us, but it is absolutely false to think they are unimportant. We are saved so that we can grow to resemble Christ and serve others. God wants to produce his character in us. But to do this, he demands OUR discipline and effort. As we obey Christ, who guides us by his Spirit, we will develop self-control.
10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.
What does your life say about your faith?