Sunday, February 23, 2014

40 Day Retreat with Jesus: Day 23

Today's focus: 
2 Peter 1:5-11
To achieve this, you will need to add virtue to your faith, and then knowledge to your virtue; to knowledge, add discipline; to discipline, add endurance; to endurance, add godliness; to godliness, add affection for others as sisters and brothers; and to affection, at last, add love. For if you possess these traits and multiply them, then you will never be ineffective or unproductive in your relationship with our Lord Jesus the Anointed; but if you don’t have these qualities, then you will be nearsighted and blind, forgetting that your past sins have been washed away. Therefore, brothers and sisters, work that much harder to confirm that God has called you and claimed you. If you do this, then you will never fall along the way; and you can be sure that you will be richly welcomed into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King.
This passage is interesting because it provides the how, the what, and the why. It explains how we attain holiness, as well as the consequences of that achievement. Because we are saved, we are called to live a holy life...not doing so makes us ineffective and unproductive. If you work to claim these traits, then we're assured that we're not going to fall along the way and be richly welcomed in to Heaven. 
I have always felt and noticed that saved people, for the most part, feel different than those who have yet to experience the gift of eternal life from our Heavenly Father. It is important to take all of our good traits, gifts, and attitude and share that with the world. You can more ants with honey than vinegar, after all!