DAILY REFLECTION – The Secret of Fruitfulness | Sunday 30th April

SUNDAY 30TH APRIL, 2017 READ – Day: Mark 6:1-29; Night: Jug 1-2
TEXT: 2PETER 1:5-11
HYMN: EMHB 380 – I will sing the wondrous story

Just like the statement “As simple as ABC”, the passage before us gives us in simple highlights what guarantees a life of fruitfulness. I am tempted to list them as revealed in the passage for emphasis. It is impressed here to tell us that all about good living and fruitfulness is not just about “Faith”. We are admonished that with all diligence we should add to our faith:
1. virtue;
2. knowledge;
3. temperance;
4. patience;
5. godliness;
6. brotherly kindness; and
7. Charity.
A careful look at these seven listed elements that bring fruitfulness shows that the Lord is addressing our character and lifestyle. There is no part of the scripture that admonishes us to cover up for our character-deficiencies with religion. The charge from this passage is that we must do it with hard-work that our character must match our faith. By this only we can be seen as successful and fruitful. Can you beam the search light upon your life if these elements are in your faith? Do not postpone it, examine it now, and make amends.

MEMORY VERSE: 2Peter 1:8 “For if you possess these qualities in increasing measures, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
PRAYER: Lord Jesus this is a task ahead of me but with you I can do all things as you strengthen me.

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