Just Like Christ
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 .2 Peter 1:8
towards God leads to a horrible death so knowing God and what he
expects is crucial. Its not because there is a shortage of information
about God, but man has been kept busy obtaining the things of the world
and enjoying life to its fullest. Life is such that the world is able
to believe there is no need for God? Man has the knowledge and the
technologies of the world to keep him busy thinking about how he can
make his own life comfortable. The ironic part of life is that man
knows that God exists and what he is capable of doing, but they are not
interested in finding out more about God.
men make plans without any consideration that God has plans of his own,
plans that contradict those made by man. Man doesnít see that life
exists from Godís perspective, but from the day of conception to the
time that his life is spent, God is involved with the life of all men.
Because men tend to disregard God, they are not overly concerned with
information to make an informed decision about eternity. Instead, their
ears are open to the rumors and assumptions made by other men who donít
know anymore than they do about God.
has a plan for your life that begins with hearing Godís plan and his
commitment to save you from the sin that will eventually bring your
life to ruin. When you listen to God you will learn that Godís goals
are within your grasp and by working with God you will receive eternal
life. God is closer to reaching his goal than most people think,
because not everyone is ready for the reward that is based on what you
have done with your life. God has openly proclaimed his plans to man
for the future and revealed his requirements for man so he may obtain
the best that God has to offer.
that work always start out with sound information designed to achieve
the desired result. If man desires to go to heaven, then he must have
accurate map and a sure way to go to heaven. The second step of any
plan is his personal commitment of putting that information into
practical use. God will demonstrate his commitment by adopting you,
which means you, must take being Godís child to heart. Christians enter
the kingdom of God as a newly born child, thus the born again
experience. In addition, the Holy Spirit will be with you constantly
to guide you as you grow in the Lord.
Godís mind success, prosperity, and productivity is not measured in
dollars and cents. God has plans for his Kingdom and he needs people
with characteristics like Jesus Christ willing to accomplish the
outcome God desires. Because God thinks differently than man, he also
has a different concept of what life is and how to achieve a positive
outcome from his efforts. In Godís mind, real success in life is to
have an abundance of life that you can share life with others.
as men forget that God has given us a mind to use and a plan to work.
Good plans are hard to come by and one that has proven to work in the
past are worth their weight in gold. However, this is one plan that you
have to accept by faith, based on the character of its origin. Godís
plan is one that you must accept based on your confidence in the truth
of his word and that God is capable of doing what he says he will do.
As Godís child, you have been given the opportunity to participate in
the many promises of God. God knows what he can do and what he has
promised man but he requires evidence of your faith, even if it is only
as big as a mustard seed. Faith requires you believe what God said is
true and when you ask him to do things for you, know that your request
will be done.
seek God or obey him if you did not believe he existed? The Bible tells
us that man is without excuse because God has made himself clearly
understood by the things he created. However, the word of God seems to
contradict the ways of the world and obeying Godís word lacks the
assurance that his promises will work. Trusting in an unseen God takes
faith that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently seek him.
it or not, not everything you do demands that you have Godís
permission. However, every promise of God demands that you obey him to
develop a Christ like character. When you obey God you take the ďI can
do all things in Christ attitudeĒ which gives you a positive outlook on
the other hand, can you trust people who lie to you, steal your stuff,
or destroy the things you own? God will teach you to live with
dignity and to respect others by loving them, as you want to be loved.
The Godly perspective of morality is concerned with how your deeds
affect the lives of other people. The character God asks you to
develop is the same traits Jesus Christ had to build relationships that
will last a lifetime.
brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is
right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirableóif
anything is excellent or praiseworthyóthink about such things.
Characteristics listed in Philippians 4:8 are things people admire in
others and worthy of being respected. Listed above are a few of the
qualities that God wants to develop in each of his children. Other
qualities include moral excellence, virtuousness, genuine love,
sincerity, generosity and being loyalty to one another.
reality kindness is an act of being good to others without considering
how others feel about you. Jesus said, do to others what you would have
them do to you, as a basic rule to live by. Being kind is motivation
people understand and respond to. When you consider what goes around,
comes around, itís not a bad precept to live by. Being good to anyone
is sowing the seeds that will reap your well being in return.
suffer through times of pain, sorrow, pleasure and times when
everything turns sour. Unfortunately, even in the best of times we
respond to others by overwhelming them with our feelings. Passions can
control our actions, therefore, we must be determined to control our
emotions. The child of God must learn to rule their life in a manner
God wants his children to develop. If our disposition is to agree with
the commandments of God then must learn Godís perspective and learn to
reflect the attitude of love.
children of God must carry themselves in a manner befitting their
father in Heaven. We are the ambassadors of the kingdom of God on earth
and represent our Lord to anyone wanting to go to heaven. Though we
live in the world, we must avoid worldly passions and put the craving
for the things of this world aside. Recruiting Kings and Priests for
the Kingdom of God requires a higher priority than owning a palace in a
foreign land. We must remember that the Israelites lived in tents until
they entered the promise land and God remained in his tent until David
secured the promise land. Let us also remember that Christ kept himself
busy doing the will of God to the moment of his death.
has given you a choice that allows you to do anything you want.
However, God has warned you ahead time that you are responsible for
your choices. Take the time to think things out before you act on them.
For example is this the way God would want you to do it? Then make
every effort to do everything you have planned to do.
major goals are a combination of jobs that need to be done and planning
helps to make each task count. Every completed job makes the overall
goal closer to being done and they accumulate until the goal is
reached. Goals can not be achieved unless all the work is done.
However, there are times when everything you planned to do becomes a
wasted effort and all you want to do is go home and cry. Unfortunately,
going home does not get the things you need done. Regardless of how
tough things can get you have to keep working for your goals to thrive.
who read the first chapter of 2 Peter have a plan to escape the
corruption of this world. Peter encouraged the reader to add the
qualities of godliness, faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control,
perseverance, godliness, kindness and love to their character. These
qualities will take a combination of time and effort to develop and
should be worked on simultaneous. You live in a corrupted world and
these qualities will be needed every day of your life. Plan to work on
these qualities for the rest of your life because the corruption of the
world will affect you the rest of your life.
my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,"
declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my
ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah
you imagine what has transpired in Godís lifetime? What has God
experienced that gives God reason to think in the manner he does? Does
his manner of thinking come from being immortal? God has refined every
quality of his character to perfection and I canít imagine that it
happened overnight. God has learned how to achieve his goals and is
willing to help you achieve yours. When you are immortal you soon learn
that things come and go and fads also come and go, but relationships
can last forever. When you stop and think about life, life would be
down right horrible without someone to share it with. Perhaps this was
the reason God chose a life of being morally pure where he is concerned
over how his deeds affect those in his sphere of influence and why he
made love his disposition.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
gave man the benefit of his power, love, and self-discipline when he
gave the Holy Spirit to man. The Holy Spirit lives in man as a mentor,
raising Godís children in the admonition of the Lord. Whatever you want
to call it, obeying Godís word brings forth the following qualities.
fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is
no law. Galatians 5:22-23
gave man his spirit to develop the personal qualities for each of his
children so they would be more like Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ did not
endure a dull life, but had an exciting life helping others find the
true life found in God the Father. One has to ponder the thoughts of
Godís plan to nurture his children into the image of his son. Does
possessing these qualities keep you from being ineffective and
unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ? Are those
qualities responsible for being fruitful in your knowledge of our Lord
Jesus Christ? One thing is certain knowledge does not make things
happen, knowledge only gives you a basis to tell you what to do.
Peterís plan is not complete as the precious promises of God are
scattered throughout Godís word.
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 if any of you do not have them, you are
nearsighted and blind, and you have forgotten that you have been
cleansed from your 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 1:8-10
is asking you to take possession of these qualities in increasing
measure. What Peter is saying is that by learning and doing what these
qualities demand of you, you will develop the Characteristics of Jesus
Christ. You wonít learn these qualities by doing them once and they
will not become natural qualities over night. What Peter is saying is
that you have to make every effort to adopt these qualities. Repetition
is the builder of skills and developing these qualities into a Christ
like life takes work. Increasing these qualities in increasing measure
will turn you into a professing Christian with the skills of a
professional tradesman, an ambassador and workman approved by God.
all too many know Godís plan and are still ineffective and
unproductive. Knowing Godís plan does not put his plan into effect. God
wants you to adopt his qualities of grace by refining the measure of
the qualities that God has given you. To ensure this process God has
given his children his promise that he will help you. God does not want
anyone to perish, but at the same time he is not going to do everything
for you. You have to make the choice to adopt these qualities and use
them to Godís glory.
have the promise of God that if we participate with God and his
promises we can escape the corruption of the world. You live in a world
that does not concern itself with the well being of other people and
ever increasingly make the world a more difficult place to live in. By
obeying God we develop the concern for the needs of other people and
their rights to a life of happiness. At the same time obeying God is
the best way you can affect the world in a positive manner. As
Christian we need to leave a mark on the world that says God was here.
In reading Godís plan of 2 Peter 1:3-11 you will learn of three other
promises associated with adopting the qualities of productive people.
first promise is that you will make your election a sure thing and a
promise that enables you to risk everything you have for the prize.
Secondly, God says you will never stumble. Itís a blessing to know that
people respect you for your chosen personality. They stand back
admiring your life, having a burning desire for your attitude and your
ability to face the problems of life. Thirdly, something that needs no
You will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 2 Peter 1:11
have Godís promise. 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.
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