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How to Be a Fruitful and Productive Christian

May 13, 2020

If you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:8 (NIV)

If you pursue goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love, you will be fruitful—whatever you try, wherever God calls you.

Peter wants to encourage us to pursue these things, and he tells us what will happen as we do so:

1. Your confidence in Christ will grow.
Be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure (1:10).
This cannot mean that pursuing these virtues will somehow contribute to your calling and election. By definition, someone else must “call” you, and someone else must “elect” you. People do not call themselves to dinner or elect themselves to office. Your calling and election are from God. Nothing you do can add to or take away from His work. As you pursue the life that Peter describes here, you will enjoy a growing confidence and assurance in Jesus Christ.

2. You will receive a rich welcome!
You will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior (1:11).
The Bible makes it clear that we will all stand before the Father and give an account of our lives. When Jesus presents you to the Father on the last day, you don’t want to hear Him say: “Here’s [put your name here], who was trusted with much, but was largely ineffective and unproductive.” You want to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Which of these do you find most encouraging? Why?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the President and Teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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