It’s as Simple as ABG
Welcome to DAY TWO of our five-part reading plan to help you discover ancient habits for modern living that will transform your life. So let’s get started.
2 Peter 1:3 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a Godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
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. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’. This is what I was taught as I was growing up. Once you get older past your teens then growth is happening in reverse, your brain is dying so there is no use denying. Yet this is just not true. Research shows that no matter how old we are, we have the ability to keep on growing and developing your brain. This was reinforced by Professor Carol Dweck in her hit selling book, Mindset. The headline of the book is that those who were achieving anything of significance in life were doing so because they possessed what she termed a growth mindset - which is open to learn and continue to develop and possessed to a fixed mindset - I am what I am, and so I can’t grow.
Growth is built into creation, from the micro to the macro, everything follows the rhythm of growth and development. This is also true of our lives, we are built to grow. However, this does not happen by accident, but by having the right intentions.
This is what Peter was encouraging his readers to do in this passage. He explains that we are to make every effort to add to our faith divine qualities, that would allow us to become more like Christ. Here is the amazing thing, we don’t have to find the qualities, as they are already within us, we simply need to work hard and bring them to the surface.
The word effort in the original Greek language, means we are to use every ounce of our strength and ability to grow. Growth is not an option but essential for Godly living.
Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?
Which one area of your life do you need to give some attention and intention to grow? Write it down and work at this every day for the next seven days.
God, I thank you that I have the ability to grow and become more like you. Help me over the next seven days to grow in the following area ________________.