2 Peter 1:8 (NET) For if these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately.
Ben wanted so much to know the Lord and walk in His mighty power. He learned that in order for this to happen, he was to be devoted to prayer and fasting, and the ministry of the Word.
He thus had a very good prayer schedule that included praying in the spirit for hours every day. He was always listening to sermons too. But as time passed, it became clear to Ben that he was not really fruitful in his pursuit of the knowledge of Christ. Grace wasn’t multiplying in His life even though he did all these things in order to know the Lord more and walk more in His grace.
You see, even though Ben was devoting more time to spiritual disciplines, he was not building up his character. He was still the same deceptive, unloving, arrogant, and self-centered Ben. As he sought the Lord to find out why his pursuit of knowing Him was unfruitful, he found that the reason was that his character was not consistent with the nature of Christ.
One thing is clear in today’s Bible verse above, it is possible for a person to be ineffective and unproductive in his pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately. If you read 2 Peter 2 from verse 5, you will see that we are to keep adding virtues to ourselves. We are to add excellence to our faith, knowledge to excellence, self-control to knowledge, perseverance to self-control, godliness to perseverance, brotherly affection to godliness, and unselfish love to brotherly affection. Refusing to keep building up our Christian character is the reason why people may be given to a lot of spiritual disciplines that would have helped them know the Lord more and experience multiplied grace, but it doesn’t happen.
Go into today remembering that if you have the spirit and character of Christ, it would be very easy to fellowship with Him and grow in grace.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to be like Jesus in my heart. Deliver me from everything that hinders me from this goal.
—Abraham Dami Arigi
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