Yes, America and the world seem out of control in many ways — but history is filled with examples of other times when stress was high, morale was low, and it seemed like the end of the world was at hand. The return of Christ may be soon. Then again, it may be very far away. Without realizing it, you may have been using the “Rapture” or the return of Christ as escape clauses they were never meant to be. My theory is that many Christians have checked out, looking for a divine bail-out when the hope and change we need are found in each of us being salt and light in an increasingly tasteless, dark, world.
How do you keep yourself from getting sucked into the cesspool of negativity, gossip, slander and hatred growing and spreading like fungus in today’s world? You do it by having a battle plan that keeps you focused on what’s eternally important. The Apostle Peter’s words, written nearly 2,000 years ago, are just as practical to us today as they were when he first penned them. Here’s what he says in 2 Peter 1:5-9 (NIV, bold is mine, for emphasis):
“. . . 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, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, 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 whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.”
Living for Christ doesn’t happen by accident. You need to be intentional. The beautiful thing is that when you have a battle plan of drawing near to God, and you “make every effort” to do so, sin takes a back seat.
The best way to keep yourself from being ineffective and unproductive for God is to make it your highest ambition to live for Him. When you do this, sin is put in its place and you move forward, in light of your created, eternal destiny — regardless of the chaos around you.
HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING AS IF WHAT’S UP TO YOU IS UP TO GOD? ARE YOU MAKING “EVERY EFFORT” TO GROW IN YOUR FAITH, AS PETER SAYS YOU SHOULD?
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