There’s more to being a Christian than just praying a prayer and going to church. It’s about walking with Him and becoming like Him.
15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
The sequence given in 2 Peter 1:5-7 is faith (believing the promises of God and basing our lives on them), goodness (the character of God), knowledge (if we are wise and discerning), self- control (acquired over time and persistence), perseverance (try and try again), godliness (being like God in manner and thought), mutual affection (brotherly love), and love (a soft heart toward all people).
The purpose of the sequence is to make us effective and productive in our knowledge of Christ (verse 8).
The problem I see among Christians is what I call The Great Disconnect. It’s what happens when we love Christ with our words, but His commands never quite make it to our actions.
I have heard that Buddhists may receive Christ willingly enough, for they believe in many gods. They just add Christ to their collection. But Christ turned to those who followed Him and gave them an ultimatum:
Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh [become obedient to Him] of the Son of Man and drink his blood [receive His sacrifice], you have no life in you. John 6:53
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:25-27
Even though positionally we are safe in Christ, relationally we are always struggling to die to self and live for Christ. We LEARN to be like Him. It’s that KNOWLEDGE part of the sequence.
Let’s get serious today about following Christ. Let’s turn from our own desires and doing things our own way and turn to Him for direction and fulfillment. May we consider how the Spirit is leading us before we say or do ANYTHING today.