Monday, January 19, 2015

Even A Kid Can Do It: Building a Christian life

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-8)

We make it too complicated. It's not. It's so simple a child can do it. Kids get it. Give them a stack of Legos and they'll build. Their minds aren't as hemmed in by all the supposed "realities" of life. They find it far easier to see possibilities, less restricted by the supposed impossibilities. Like this kid. He wanted to build a house, someone gave him a pile of giant Legos, and he built a house.

God made it simple. Not that Peter was necessarily thinking about the seven days of the week, but he did give us seven Christian virtues - one for each day of the week. I think that's a simple plan. Take one virtue and work toward that one each day. Sounds like a plan. Do you have a better one, a simpler one? If so, follow it. If not, give this a try.

Monday Priority - goodness, that means moral excellence, virtue
Tuesday Priority - knowledge, the true knowledge of God's word as opposed to the world
Wednesday Priority - self-control, knowledge puffs up unless it produces change
Thursday Priority - endurance, the week's not over yet
Friday Priority - godliness, living a life that is like God
Saturday Priority - brotherly affection, how can I serve the body of Christ
Sunday Priority - love, the word is agape, self-sacrificing love for God

Each day, ask God to help you make one virtue your priority. Then commit to Christ and to yourself that this day you will strive to live that virtue out.

See what God builds within you.