For this very reason, 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. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 2 Peter 1:5-9 (NIV)
Make Every Effort
Do you want to know my will? Do you want to know what I want you to do in life? Yes, I want to know your will. I would like to know what you want me to do in life. When you think of my will, is your first thought about doing something? Yes, it is. What else is there? Are you completely defined by what you do? Have you given much thought to who you are? Are you thinking at all about who you will become? I have thought a lot about what I might do and very little about who I am. I have thought even less about who I might become. Have I been thinking too much about what I will do and way too little about who I am or who I will become? You tell me. I’m guessing that you want me to think more about who I am and who I will become. Good guess.
Who are you? I am your creation. You made me. I am your child. You are my Father. I am your follower. You are my Savior and Lord. You called me to come to you. You have forgiven and cleansed me of all my sin. You have given me a new life to live with and for you. I am your disciple. You are teaching and training me. You are guiding and directing me. You are molding and shaping my life. You are making me into the person you want me to become. Yes, I am. I am your servant. You have given me places to go and things to do for you. I am your witness. You want me to be your light in the world. You want to draw others to you through my life. Yes, I do.
Who will you need to be in order to be an effective and productive witness for me in the world? I will need to be the person that you have called me to become. Who have I called you to become? You have called me to become a person of character. If I do not have good character I will be an ineffective and unproductive witness for you in the world. No one will be drawn to you through my life if I have not allowed you to develop my character. How will you know when you are a person of good character? Who will be your example and role model? Who will you follow? Who would you like to look like? I will follow you. I want to begin to look like you. You are my example. You are my role model. You want me to become like you. Yes, I do. Will you allow me to develop your character? Will you also make every effort to develop your character? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I will make very effort to develop qualities of good character so that I am not ineffective and unproductive as I come to know, love and follow you. I invite you to do your work in me. Mold and shape my life so that I am the person you called me to be. Amen
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