What Are You Doing to Supplement Your Faith?
“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 you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8
What does it take to be fruitful? Many times, people may feel that usefulness is effortless—but in reality, when Christ draws us to Himself, it is just the beginning of the journey. There has to be a huge effort on our part if we want to contribute to the Kingdom. We are all called to be disciple makers and to live a life worthy of our calling. Growing in Christ takes work that is empowered by the Holy Spirit.
We come to faith in Christ, and then we supplement that faith with goodness. We are good to those around us, we do good deeds, and our actions are good. We don’t do this on our own efforts, but through the Holy Spirit. We then supplement our goodness with knowledge. We get to know God through His Word and through learning His attributes. There are two kinds of knowledge: gnosis (knowledge about) and epignosis (intimate knowledge). When we develop these things, knowledge of who God is empowers self-control—in our thoughts, words, actions, and deeds.
Sanctification, as I have said many times before, isn’t easy, and in this sinful world, staying faithful, even when it is easier to give in, builds endurance. Endurance then grows us, it teaches us to be more Christ-like, which leads to godliness…and with that, we learn to develop friendships and care for each other, which then leads to love. We learn to love God and love people.
It takes a daily effort and discipline to develop these characteristics Peter gives us. We will fail, and we will struggle, but through the struggle comes growth, and from that growth comes usefulness, fruitfulness, and ultimately, glory to God. What are you doing to supplement your faith? Are you growing in the things Peter has listed above? Make it a priority this week to make these things a priority.
Father, I thank You for empowering me to live a life of godliness through the Holy Spirit. Draw me close to You and help me to be fruitful and develop goodness, self-control, endurance, knowledge, godliness, brotherly affection, and love. Help me in these things, so I may further Your kingdom and glorify Your name. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
What spiritual disciplines do you struggle with? What steps can you take this week to supplement the things Peter lists above?
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.
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