Grow | Devotion #1: Strength Over Swayed
Mark O’Connor | Student Director
“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8
This passage sticks with me for one reason. I have spent more than a few years of my life being ineffective and unfruitful. It took me a long time, a lot of anxiety and stress to come to the point where I realized this was the state of my life. It was not until I decided that I needed to take the time to study and get to know the Word of God that these feeling started to dissipate. Do not get me wrong; they still pop up from time to time. Now the thought of being ineffective or unfruitful scares me.
There is a calling that God has placed on all of us to mature in our faith. Paul, speaking to the entire body of the church in Ephesus, not just the church leaders or staff, tells us to grow and mature. Ephesians 4:14-15 says, “So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.”
He tells them to not be like a child, grow up in every way. Do not be swayed by any small shift in the wind but stand firm in the Word. The only way to do that is to know it.
You are responsible for that growth in your life, and it takes dedication and consistency in how you spend time with God and in the Bible. Use the people around you in the church. There is a saying that I like a lot that says, “Circles are better than rows.” You can learn from the people you serve with and worship with by opening God’s Word and exploring it together. We need to get away from our immature, high school thought of just doing enough (at least that was true of me), and start digging into, studying, and then applying God’s Word into our life.