Grow Before You De-tent
Recently Cross Church Pastor, Nick Floyd, introduced a new series, Election 2020. That grabs our attention right!
Well, it’s not about the United States presidential election or political at all. It’s about what we Christians do with our salvation, our faith, our ‘election’.
He went over some of these versus:
“Simeon Peter, a slave and an apostle of Jesus Christ: To those who have obtained a faith of equal privilege with ours through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. May grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins. Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble. For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you. Therefore I will always remind you about these things, even though you know them and are established in the truth you have. I consider it right, as long as I am in this bodily tent, to wake you up with a reminder, knowing that I will soon lay aside my tent, as our Lord Jesus Christ has also shown me. And I will also make every effort that you may be able to recall these things at any time after my departure. For we did not follow cleverly contrived myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; instead, we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”
2 Peter 1:1-16 HCSB
He broke these down and it really spoke to me. I am excited to dive deep into this more.
I want to grow in my faith more than ever before. We should never be like a pond without change. We should always have a fresh word working in our hearts and changing our perspective to be more like Christ’s!
Add to our faith:
~faith with goodness
~goodness with knowledge
~knowledge with self-control
~self control with endurance
~endurance with godliness
~godliness with brotherly affection
~brotherly affection with love
I sometimes wonder about my life not producing enough fruit. Peter says growth in these areas will “keep you from being useless or unfruitful”.
I want to grow in these areas, faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, brotherly affection, and love!
I hope you want to and I hope you are growing in these areas. I’ll encourage you.
Grow in Faith by asking God for BIG THINGS in your life. Not just for you but for God’s Kingdom. Ask God to do ETERNAL THINGS in, through, and with your life.
Grow in goodness. Ask the Holy Spirit to keep you from sin. Turn away from sin. Confess your sin and talk through it with a parent, friend, counselor, or pastor.
Grow in knowledge. Read books. Listen to podcasts. Spend more and more time in God’s word. Grow in knowledge of Him and Truth more than anything!
Grow in self-control. Do things on purpose. Make choices, small or big, that will increase your self-control. Eat the apple not the donut. Drink the water not the coke. Eat the salad not the cheese burger. Take a cold shower. Organize your garage. Do it on purpose to exercise your self-control.
Keep doing right, good, and stay on the path. Don’t give up when things get hard. Don’t give in on stretching toward your goals. Keep stringing good choices together and you will get there. Keep moving. Keep growing. Endure! Grow in your endurance and you will achieve more and more.
Godliness is a hard one. But adding this to your day, to your attitude, to your desire is helpful to gain perspective. Think about what Jesus would do. Read about Him in the gospels and see God’s character throughout the Bible. Be as much like God as you can be. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else but Jesus. Strive to be like Him.
Treat others with brotherly affection. Serve them. Do good things for others. Care about others, their situation, circumstances, and problems. Pray for others and serve others.
Love is huge. We can all do a better job of loving others. Love God with your entire being and love others more then yourself. Have faith, hope, but LOVE. It’s hard to consider others’ need before yourself. Being a spouse and a parent will help you grow in that area. Look for ways to love others in your life.
I hope to do these things today. I will spend time in Gods word today growing in knowledge and godliness. I will pray and ask God for help, for increased faith, to do BIG ETERNAL things in and through my life, I will pray for others who are sick, in need, or are just friends or family that I feel I should pray for.
Like Peter, I want to always remind you of these things. I want Intend to Live to be an encouraging force in your life and mine. I want it to encourage you and then encourage others. We all need to be reminded over and over and over again about what Jesus does for us!
One day you will lay aside your tent. I hope you will have made every effort to make the most out of you tent and your time in your tent. It’s temporary. Keep your mind on eternal matters. This life is so short. Make today matter for eternity.
Intend to Live