Well, that happened this morning in devotions.
I read the prescription for being an effective Christian, penned by Peter:
For this very reason, 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.2 Peter 1:5-10
Unproductive-ity is something I fear. I like to have something to show for my work. I want to make an impact and difference, but sometimes I feel that I don't even know how to go about it.
Peter's prescription is simple. Here is the recipe of things that need to be added to (don't you think this verse reads like a recipe?):
first, have faith.
- Add goodness.
- Add knowledge.
- Add self-control.
- Add perseverance.
- Add godliness
- then comes mutual affection
- finally, love!
What a 180 turn-around Peter had!
It gives hope to see such an example.
"I can do no great things, but small things with great love"