Goodness – Sun – 23-03-12

Have you ever played with Lego® brand building blocks? Snapping the little plastic blocks together can be fun. You can make model cars, dinosaurs and space craft. If you have enough, you can even build large sculptures. Lego retail stores often display giant objects made from tiny blocks.  It all starts with adding one block to another.

Picture the process of adding one block to another when you hear Peter’s challenges to Christian growth in 2 Peter 1:5-7, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.” (NIV 1984) Can’t you see the picture of snapping on a block to the first, then another snapped to the second and so on?

The word add used in this passage can also be translated “give, furnish, provide or support.” In the ancient Greek language, the word was used to indicate what one side furnished in a marriage contract. When we choose to follow Jesus, it begins with faith in him. But it doesn’t stop there. Other things are added until we develop a loving, mature character. We must make every effort to develop these things. This week, we’ll focus on the first, goodness. Listen tomorrow to understand the next thing to add to your faith.

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