Daily Devotion, August 6 - The Discipleship Equation

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – August 6, 2020
Reading:
2 Peter 1:1-11
The Discipleship Equation

For the most part, I have always done well with math and equations with one exception…calculus. I did well in algebra and geometry and trigonometry…but just not calculus. If you give me an equation, I can typically understand how two different numbers or sets of numbers relate to one another. Today’s scripture is one that gives us an equation for escaping corruption and avoiding sin. In other words, Peter gives us a formula for being good disciples of Christ.

Why would we want to escape corruption? Well, there are lots of reasons, but as Christians, the main reason is so that we can participate in the divine nature of God from whom we receive grace and peace. In other words, if we are corrupt, it does harm to our relationship with God and inhibits our fruitfulness. Let’s take a look at this godly equation that helps us escape corruption.

According to 2 Peter 1:5-9, this anti-corruption equation begins with our precious faith that we receive through Jesus. The formula would look something like this: Faith + goodness + knowledge + self-control + perseverance + godliness + brotherly kindness + love = Fruitful Christian

The first variable of the discipleship equation, faith, is something we receive from God and Jesus. Peter tells us to add to our faith these seven other variables. In other words, when we respond to our faith by taking actions to live good, knowledgeable, controlled, enduring, godly, kind, and loving lives, this results in our becoming effective and productive, or fruitful, Christians (v. 8). According to Peter, we should never stop responding by living out these attributes, at an increasing rate. These attributes are added to the constant, faith, which God has given us so that we can become more fruitful, effective and productive, Christians. Of course the “+” symbol reminds us that it is the power of the Holy Spirit at work within us that helps us to continuously increase in living out each and everyone of these attributes which will make us more fruitful Christians.

This equation is helpful in showing us that God provides us with a precious faith to enable our belief in God. When we increasingly respond to this gift of faith from God in these seven ways, we will be fruitful and effective disciples of Christ who are living out the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven and are promised to receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Dear God, thank you for your Word through your apostle Peter who teaches us this equation for becoming a fruitful disciple. Help us to lean into the precious gift of faith that comes from you and respond by living holy and righteous lives before You and others so that they may come to know you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 
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