As I write this, I’m listening to my son, Brayden play his saxophone for his weekly lesson with Mr. Jones. I love hearing the progress Brayden is making. I also appreciate it because I know the effort it takes to get better. While there are many naturally talented musicians out there, there isn’t one who would tell you it comes easy. At least not the progress part. To get from one level to the next requires hours and hours of what my teacher in high school referred to as “going to the woodshed.” Going over and over a passage until you’ve mastered it, and then going over it again. It is then that progress starts to happen.
MAKE EVERY EFFORT
2 Peter 1:5-6 says, “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.”
Just as the musician adds to his toolbox of skills, the man of God makes every effort to add to his faith the things mentioned in this passage. Things like knowledge and self-control don’t just happen. They require discipline, effort, perseverance; a never give-up kind of attitude. It’s true that you are either moving forward or moving backward. There really isn’t such a thing as a lukewarm disciple.
HE SEES POTENTIAL IN US
Brayden’s teacher, Mr. Jones is a no nonsense kind of guy. He knows if Brayden hasn’t practiced because it shows in his playing – and, because he sees potential in Brayden, he doesn’t let him get by with not practicing. He keeps pushing and prodding.
God is the same way with you and me. He sees the beautiful potential in our life and He wants us to live up to it.
A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER
Are you living up to your potential or have you settled?
Have you made progress in your spiritual growth in the last year?
What do you need to add to your faith next?