5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For 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. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
– 2 Peter 1:5-11 (NIV)
I had to take a much-needed break. I needed the time off. I was going in all sorts of directions at a perilous pace. At some point, I had to realize that I needed to regroup in order to continue effectively and ensure that my work contributed to the kingdom of God. I was drifting into doing more than being.
Have you ever been there? I mean the lonely space where you are knowing what’s the truth, speaking the truth and doing the truth, but not necessarily having the truth as your mainstay. It is a place where what you have been upholding has to become what holds you up after everything is said and done.
I was there. God captured my attention. He had me arrive at a simple resolution.
… be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure… 1 Peter 1:10 (NIV)
Make a turnaround at this turning point.
Did God provide me with this audible announcement? No, I should dare not say so. He helped me come to the realization that the statement summarizes all that He has placed before me and on my heart. Even as I preached this past week on Peter’s confession of the Lord as the Christ, the son of the living God, and shared a simple Bible lesson on thankfulness, I reckoned with the fact that God called me to do more than simply preach and teach among those who already believe.
I will continue to blog. Starting Monday, November 29th, I will continue with the series From Eden to Egypt. I return to the blogosphere renewed and revived. The Lord has recharged me, energizing me to forge ahead in faith with even greater fire burning within me.
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