“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.” 2 Peter 1:8
Grace and peace to you fellow sojourners! Perhaps some of your thoughts that spring from the above verse are, ‘What qualities?’ and ‘Being useless and unfruitful are tags I certainly don’t want.’ An exhortation frequently seen in Paul’s letters was, ‘You are doing well but do even better.’ It is not to say what we do is never good enough, but view it as an encouragement to NEVER stop improving and even excelling in what we undertake for the Lord.
We are told that the qualities emphasized in 2 Peter are to be supplemented by our EVERY effort. We give our best to God. He does not get our seconds nor our left-overs. If you feel you are already giving your best to the Lord, prayerfully consider how you can do even better. Consider things like how the impact of sin, distractions, fear, bitterness, and even lack-luster enthusiasm, hinders your impact for Christ.
“Earnestness is the sentiment, of which diligence is the expression” (MacLaren’s Expositions). When we determine to make every effort, we act with diligence knowing Christian growth will not be possible unless we put our mind to it. We must have fervor if we
Think of a supplement as something that completes or enhances something else when added to it. We are told to supplement:
- our 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
I desire to encourage you. I implore you not to be content with the status-quo. An everything-is-fine mentality will hinder your motivation to ‘increase’ and ‘supplement’ your faith. Lord, it is You who is working in me enabling me to be steadfast, immovable, and always excelling in Your work (1 Corinthians 15:58). Yes, I desire to supplement my faith in the ways you have outlined for me Lord so that I will not be useless or unfruitful. I earnestly desire to supplement my faith with diligence. I need Your help. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
In His grace,