May We Never Be Satisfied
"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." 2 Peter 1:5-7
To live a Christian life, we must be intentional. So many times we become complacent and rest in God’s grace without actively pursuing things that would cause us to grow in our faith and that would help us grow in love for others and even God. We will never grow if our faith is just concerned on “getting”. If we are satisfied in going to church, even weekly, but compartmentalize our Christian walk to three times a week, we will not be fruitful. Our walk shouldn’t be limited to Sundays, but it should be an every day pursuit. We have to supplement our faith. We do this by goodness, meaning good works, and we also need to pursue knowledge. How can we love a God we do not know? How do we know to live a Christ-like life, if we never spend time in the Word? We also must be self-controlled. What are some ways that we lack self-control? When we do practice this discipline, it will also take endurance because the flesh hates self-control. When we learn endurance, we learn godliness, and we learn to be like Christ, which then produces brotherly affection for even our enemies, and that results in love.
If we aren’t actively growing in our faith, the qualities above are useless. Paul goes on to say in verse 8 that practicing these qualities will keep us from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. I am convicted to never be satisfied but to engage in the daily pursuit. It isn’t an easy one, but one that will always be worth it.
Father, only by Your Spirit may I supplement my faith with goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, affection, and love. Help me daily to grow by practicing these things. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Are you satisfied in your walk, or are you actively pursuing the qualities listed above? Spend time in 2 Peter chapter 1. Ask God to help you grow where you may be complacent.
About the Author
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.