Being an effective Christian

“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:5-8 ESV).

As Christians, we should all want to be effective, productive and fruitful. Sometimes it seems this type of life is difficult and possibly beyond our grasp. But Peter, in quite simple language, explains what this type of life is all about. Continue reading “Being an effective Christian”

Joy and crowns

“Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved” (Philippians 4:1 NKJV).

There is an innate human tendency to measure one’s life by his or her accomplishments. This may take the form of awards, accumulated wealth, promotions, status, or a check-list of notable achievements. Architects may point to outstanding structures of their design; physicians and surgeons to lives saved, and lawyers to difficult cases or large settlements won. Continue reading “Joy and crowns”