Scripture: 2 Peter 1:5-8
5For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Make great effort to supplement your faith
— to keep building up your life on the foundation of your faith.
Not growing this way makes us ineffective and unproductive in our knowledge of Jesus.
Wow, Love is at the top of the “ladder!”
Do I possess these qualities in a growing way in response to Jesus and the Gospel?
What are we doing to grow in these qualities together? Do I have a friendship and fellowship that encourages, exhorts, rebukes, teaches, and builds me up to pursue this kind of vision of growth? Do I have relationships where I am creating a space filled with grace and truth in which we mutually and honestly pursue spiritual growth?
If the Christian life is not just about “my” spiritual growth but also about “our” spiritual growth, then I have to make adjustments to include others in the journey with Jesus.
Heavenly Father, sometimes, often, we are so resistant to growth. But that’s not the normal life you envision. Please stimulate our fellowship to grow together. Your Spirit has put within us the desire to be effective and productive in our knowledge of Jesus. May we become more Jesus. Somehow our fellowship must become a spiritual grow-op! AMEN.