It has been a long lapse for me in writing. I have no real excuse other than, I haven’t done it. I have had a lot on my heart to want to write. And, I just haven’t done it.
I was reading an entry from “My utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers… (an amazing devotional) It was on June 15th… Titled “Get a Move On” that talks about habits and disciplines.
The Scripture reference is in 2 Peter, which is one of my favorite books of the Bible…
2 Peter 4-7 in the Amplified Bible says:
“By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them you may escape [by flight] from the moral decay (rottenness and corruption) that is in the world because of covetousness (lust and greed), and become sharers (partakers) of the divine nature.
For this very reason, adding your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence),
And in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self-control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness (patience, endurance), and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness (piety),
And in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] Christian love.” (italics and bold added)
The Contemporary English Version states 1:8 as
“If you keep growing in this way, it will show that what you know about our Lord Jesus Christ has made your lives useful and meaningful.”
There is a lot of great stuff here, obviously… Great author… (he he) If I look at my life, can I say that I have employed every effort to exercise my faith? I can’t really even say I have made every effort to keep this blog updated.
I love/hate the use of the word “exercise” throughout this interpretation. It really drives home the work and development aspects of our character. Chambers states:
“No man is born either naturally or supernaturally with character, he has to make character. Nor are we born with habits; we have to form habits on the basis of the new life God has put into us.”
So, I come to ask myself, Do I want a life that is “useful and meaningful,” and shows that I “know about our Lord Jesus”?
And if I answer “Yes,” then I have a responsibility to “employ every effort” to exercise and build and form habits.
There is a ton of depth and direction that I could go with talking about habits, maybe another entry, as I pursue exercising this habit more often…