Day Three: MAKING EVERY EFFORT
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.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election.
For if you do these things, you will never stumble…
- 2 Peter 1:5-10 NIV
If you walk into a gym on January 2, it’s packed. It’s full of New Years resolution makers, committed to doing whatever it takes to lose a few pounds. If you walk into that same gym on February 12, it's little emptier. There’s no more line for the elliptical. There's no more waiting for the chest press machine and, there is plenty of leg room in that jump and jab class. Why? Because getting in and staying in shape takes commitment. And commitment requires discipline. And discipline is another way of saying, “ I'll make every effort." And effort, well…Let’s face it—it's kind of work. Sometimes it's kind of HARD work. But there is something that actually comes from making an effort. RESULTS
In a letter to a young church, a disciple of Jesus named Peter writes, because God loves us and gives us everything we need, we should make every effort to do what it takes to know Him genuinely. He is reminding all of us we should commit to growing our faith and taking the time to remember His track record of nonstop goodness. When we make every effort in this manner, we start becoming the people God created us to be, and we begin to allow God, the chance to shape every part of our lives. This kind of effort, setting aside time to pray, worship Him, and read His word, is a path that leads to really making a difference.
Dear God, help us to remember that the most significant relationship we can ever have is with you. Help us to make every effort to leave room in our busy lives to make knowing you better our priority. Help us to take the time to look back and see your track record of goodness, and use that to shape us into who you created