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. (2 Pet 1:8, NIV)
is a term often used in workplace. The apostle Peter, a former fisherman, urged
the believers not to be unproductive in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Knowing Jesus Christ and following Him is our source of productivity in
Christian living. Recall Peter’s experience of productivity; after a frustrating
night, they caught one hundred fifty-three fish by following Jesus’ instruction
to cast the net on the right side of the boat, and yet the net was not broken
God is the beginning of salvation. However, our knowledge of God should be
increased the longer we believe in Him. In the beginning, we may know God as a
merciful and blissful God. All we may care about is our own needs. As a result,
we only constantly pray to God to give us grace to satisfy our needs.
as we believe in God longer, we start realizing that God wants us to
participate in His divine nature. He wants to give us His own character so we
may live a truly good life. Some believers want more of God’s kindness and
peace, but they are unwilling to put forth the efforts to get to know Him
better. The better we know God, the better we can trust Him, serve Him, and
live a productive life with Christian virtues.
But also for this very reason, giving all
diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge
self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to
godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. (2 Pet 1:5-7)
Peter lists a progressive pathway. Possessing these qualities in increasing
measure may be intangible. But in Christian living, productivity is not
measured in quantities or outcomes as in the workplace. If we can make progress
in these things, we will neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of
our Lord Jesus Christ. A rich reward in the everlasting kingdom of Jesus Christ
will await us.
Questions for Reflection
well do you know God? How would you describe His divine nature?
are the main differences between productivity in Christian living versus in the