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Knowing Ourselves - April 2018

Be attentive to the times of worship and daily find time for prayer and Bible reading

Knowing Ourselves
Know Your Core Values – Part 6

Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1:5-11

Key Verse: 2 Peter 1:10

So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.

In verse eight and nine of our suggested reading, we see two categories of Christ followers described. In verse eight we read: “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 first category of Christ followers in God’s family is effective and productive believers. These believers worked at the core values that God put in their hearts when they were first saved. They are attentive to the times of worship and daily find time for prayer and some Bible reading. They put forth an effort to grow more like Jesus. Thus, these believers are fruitful; effective in influencing others to take steps toward Jesus.

In 2 Peter 1:9 we read about a second category of believers: “But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.” These believers have allowed themselves to be lazy in their Christian life. They have been distracted by the many activities of this world, to the point that they feel too busy to be attentive to their spiritual lives. Unfortunately, these believers raise children who think it’s normal to attend the worship services once a month, if it’s convenient and school activities allow it. They don’t hear their parents pray or see the Bible read. These believers are the “nearsighted and blind” people Apostle Peter is writing about. This category of believers has core values, but not the core values that are like Jesus’.

I realize it’s hard to be brutally honest, but what category does your daily lifestyle put you in? If it’s not the first one, why not do something about it today? Start with small changes and grow!

Father, I will be an effective believer. In Jesus’ Name, amen.