Process 2/24/18

The Law of Process.

Reading: 2 Peter 1:5-11

“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, to brotherly kindness love…”

My study bible, The John Maxwell Leadership Bible, outlines “The Law of Process,” and it refers to the passage above. For the next four weeks, I will be taking each characteristic and using it to guide my study.  Today is about recognizing and understanding the process.

In my personal walk with Christ, I have learned that taking the time to really understand the message is the key difference between living it out and putting it back on the shelf. For a long time, I struggled to understand the bible. I struggled to read the bible. It’s a huge book that largely makes little sense without guidance. My goal lately has been to understand what I read and let one scripture lead me to another one. Yes, I was the guy that just opened the book hoping that God would teach me through a random verse. Not implying that He can’t, but I rarely found that to be an effective way to study scripture.

All of that being said, here is the outline for the next eight devotions:

  1. Faith
  2. Virtue
  3. Knowledge
  4. Self-control
  5. Perseverance
  6. Godliness
  7. Brotherly kindness
  8. Love

In 2 Peter 1:5-7, we are given a ladder to climb that leads to maturity. This passage gives us a process for growing spiritually. Take time reading over these verses and really try to understand how each word leads to the next. Picture yourself in your relationships with others, at work, with strangers. How might these things help you to be better every day? Who in your life will benefit because of your intentionality?

Prayer: Dear God, I pray that you would use the Law of Process to help me grow in the right way. My hope is that I am building a strong foundation for you to use to carry out your mission. I pray that I would be the leader of my own faith first. Thank you for giving me a process to follow. Amen.

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