2 Peter 1:5-8
“5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
This passage from 2 Peter is a place that I’ve been coming back to day after day and the parts around it. We, as believers, have a beginning place for our faith, that fledgling start that unfortunately a lot of us use as a “checklist” moment and think we just move on from there to the rest of life with our membership card, but Peter here says that’s not the case at all.
I don’t know if you’ve ever spent much time on the water. I haven’t spent a ton because I truly believe the old saying that “the best two days in a boat owners life is the day he bought the boat and the day he sold it”, but I do love being out on the water. The first rule was always that it didn’t matter who you were when you are on the boat you are wearing a life jacket because if anything happened and the boat was gone that vest is what is going to keep you alive.
Looking back at 2 Peter he says that we do begin with our faith and then we build on top of that all of these other “supplements” that are the continuation of our faith being present in our lives. When we fail at some of these things, when life gets hard, and things that are out of our control, we find ourselves out of the comfort of the boat. We have one thing left and it’s what is keeping us afloat. Our faith is our life jacket. Our faith keeps our heads above the water. Our faith is the thing that sustains us when we can’t see what is swirling around us below the surface, and until the boat comes back around our faith will get us through.
Where are you today? We are all on the boat, make sure you have on your life jacket.