Are You Exercising Your ‘Spiritual Heart’?
Staying Diligent to Grow in Your Walk with the Lord
by J.M. Troppello
Life is a journey. One step at a time. As a Christian, I strive to be faithful to God. I’m not always successful. But that’s to be expected as an imperfect human being living in this world. However, I’m thankful that God’s grace is new each day. This is a great quote from Watchman Nee: “Every faithful servant of Christ buys up the moments, and even when he is not outwardly engaged, he is inwardly active, waiting on the Lord in real heart-exercise.”
That is a good word picture from Watchman Nee about waiting on the Lord in real heart-exercise. He made a great point of saying that whether you’re actively serving God or not actively serving in that moment, you can still ‘serve’ Him through that “inward activity” of waiting on God in faith and growing as a Christian.
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-11, NKJV)
Dr. David Jeremiah wrote, “Diligence is not an invitation to busyness, but a way of seeking daily what the Lord wants us to do. He gives us new opportunities to serve Him every day. Psalm 68:19 says, ‘Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits.’ One of those benefits is meaningfulness—a set of purposes and assignments for each day.”
As a Christian, one of your purposeful assignments that you should accomplish each day is to be fruitful and grow in your faith in the Lord. You do that through active engagement and ‘inactive’ resting engagement with God. You engage with God through daily Bible reading, study, and application of the message you received through that Scripture passage. You engage with God through times of prayer and communicating with the Father all day. You engage with God and tune your focus back onto Him through praise and worship.
The message of this passage from 2 Peter 1:5-11 can be summed up in verse 8: For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
‘These things’ are:
You cultivate ‘these things’ by devouring God’s Word, praying, and spending time in worship. You need to embrace those things – and have them abound in your life. Then you won’t be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
That’s a positive aspect of cultivating those things in your spiritual life. You can think of that as your life mission – which can then help you to become a better witness for the Gospel.
Just remember that there is a warning. Take a look at verse 9. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Don’t be shortsighted. Don’t forget that you were cleansed from your past sins.
Follow the advice from verse 10. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble. Verse 11 says for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Of course, you are saved by grace and not by works (Eph. 2:8-9). However, this note from the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB) explains this verse very well. “Peter distinguishes between a just-barely-made-it entrance into the eternal Kingdom and a richly abundant one. The Scripture indicates that fruitful and faithful living here will be rewarded with greater privileges and rewards in glory (see: Rev. 22:12 and 2 Cor. 5:10).”
What are your thoughts on living faithfully for God’s Kingdom?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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