"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A "Productive" Life (2 Peter 1:5-8)

Today at River Oaks, Pastor Beaty's message moved our fall scripture study from Peter's first letter to his second.  In doing so he reminded us of Peter's intent for these writings.  It is found in 2 Peter 3:1, "Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you.  I have written both of them to stimulate you to wholesome thinking." This purpose is found throughout our weekly small group passages and will remain to be the theme as we move to the second epistle. Peter provides doctrine which reminds us of the reason for our hope,  followed by instruction for practical application of our response to the doctrine. Peter, our thinking has been stimulated, thank you very much.

Anyway, I was particularly struck by verses 5-8 in chapter 1 of 2nd Peter.  In short, Peter lays out a simple, albeit challenging, recipe for ensuring our effectiveness as believers and our "productivity" through our knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Below you will find these scriptures.  The obvious observation is the list of attributes / behaviors that we are to "add to our faith" in order to be more Christ-like.  However, also be sure to note the reference to possessing these qualities in "increasing measure."  In other words, as Pastor David said, "are we any better at self control, goodness, love, etc., etc., today than we were a year ago, a month ago, yesterday?"  Ouch.  Guess we better get at it.

Have a great week and may our walk not be without fruit nor of little effectiveness for His service.

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 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. - 2 Peter 1:5-8

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