Plug In…Power Up!
Ineffective and Unproductive
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-11
Key Verse: 2 Peter 1:8
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.
The words in today’s title, “ineffective and unproductive,” are dreaded words for those of us who want to serve God’s Kingdom. We don’t want to hear Jesus pronounce us ineffective or unproductive. We have but one life to give. We don’t want to waste it away. Most of us long to live for values that will last beyond this life. Most of us want to serve these values in an effective and productive manner. Take a few minutes today to read the additional reading and discover the following truths.
First, God’s divine power is what we must have–first and foremost–in order to become effective and productive. As we “plug in” and begin to serve, we will receive this gift of power!
Second, the Bible is full of promises that we can claim in order to “participate in the divine nature.” Anyone who taps into “divine nature” will live an effective and productive life.
Third, we must fight the desires of our flesh. It is human to seek self-gratification in this world. It is divine to seek to serve others above ourselves.
Fourth, it takes real effort to add to our original “confession of faith.” After we accept Jesus as our Savior, we must diligently strive to add to our lives the fruits of the Spirit listed in verses five through seven.
Peter’s promise: If you possess these qualities, you will be effective and productive. You will “power up.”
Father grant me your energy to keep growing in my faith; adding to my life your qualities. I anticipate being effective in your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name, amen.