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Grow in HIM – faith, virtue, knowledge

May 17, 2014

2 Peter 1:5

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge…

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The other day I listened to a sermon that mentioned this verse, and showed how this verse can be a great measuring stick for our faith, and our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. The passage actually continues through verse 11, so I wanted to try to break it down for us and put some practical application into play.

The first thing that sticks out to me is the words, or saying, ‘giving all diligence’. This is truly the anchor point of the next six verses.

Growing in maturity as a christian, does not just happen to us. It takes, work, effort and discipline. In fact one of the definitions I found for the word ‘diligence’ says that it is ‘careful and persistent work or effort’.

So not only must we work at being diligent, but we must give all diligence, we must be careful and persistent, to grow in our walks with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The first attribute that Peter wants us to build from is faith, which makes complete sense because without faith in the Lord Jesus your effort and diligence will direct you into your path for you will and your desires.

For those of you that are not concrete or sure in your faith, I encourage to investigate it for yourself and determine whether or not you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus.

For those of you that do believe, and have placed your hope and faith in the name of Jesus Christ, we must then work on virtue.

Oh sweet virtue, virtue shows our true nature and character. Whether we are people of integrity and honesty, or people of deceit and self-gain. To me virtue is basically walking the walk, living the christian life that God calls us to live, according to the Bible. Getting rid of the things in our lives that keep us from knowing and desiring the Lord God. God must be the central focus and desire of our lives.

So if we are following this recipe, we have purposed in our hearts, we are giving all diligence to please Jesus. Right?

If your still not sure what that means or how that looks, or you get confused along the way, meditate on the greatest commandment Jesus gave us:

Matthew 22:37

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.

So as we  have our faith set in God and the promises of God, we believe everything God says in His Word, so our faith is solid, maybe not concrete, but that can be strengthened as you move along in your walk with God.

Lets work at living lives that are pleasing to God. Let’s live lives of honesty, integrity and righteousness. This takes time, effort, practice; oh wait, just give all diligence to this.

Then we can round out today’s lesson with knowledge. Why is this important now? Well, the Bible commands us to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Why? Well it’s actually quite simple, the more we learn and know about who Jesus is, and what He did for you and me, you will fall more and more in love with Him. Well, at least you should. If your heart is open and receptive to the sin and junk in your heart, your heart will break over and over again when you think about what Jesus did for you.

To obtain knowledge we need to read the Bible. His Word is filled with everything we need to know about God, Jesus, God’s plan for us and God’s desire to save all mankind. Get a reading plan started if you don’t have one already. It will help you to be intentional and hold you accountable. Get connected in a small group or Bible Study. Strengthen a relationship with someone more mature in the faith than you, to help you to understand what you are reading. And if you really want to grow, have someone more mature in the faith, hold YOU accountable! These are all entry level steps that will help you grow.

So Men (and women), give all diligence and add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge.

May God richly bless you in this journey to know HIM, and may HE bless you with an unquenchable desire to follow HIM.

This is the first of several messages in the Grow in HIM series. Stay tuned.

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2 Comments
  1. Mike Sands permalink

    Amen. Our main focus and all of our energy should be on Jesus Christ and growing in our relationship with him.

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