About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman

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Productive Christianity


2 Peter 1:3 through 9 reads:


"His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For 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.  But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins."


According to Peter, if you are a genuine Christian, there should be an ongoing process of becoming the effective, productive Christian Jesus expects you to be.  Without this ongoing process of improved productivity, Peter says that your life as a Christian will be ineffective and unproductive. 


We often associate productivity with the corporate world of business, not with our Christian lives.  Business is constantly improving its productivity in all aspects in order to more effectively accomplish the reason for its existence.  As Christians, we should be constantly improving our productivity in all aspects of our lives in order to effectively accomplish the reason for our existence, which is, to facilitate God's will in our lives via the divine nature within us.       


Much of our western-world Christianity is simply a matter of the mind, an intellectual acceptance of what is perceived to be Christian.  Such perception makes no one Christian.  It's the Holy Spirit residing within us that makes us a Christian (John 3:1 to 6, Ephesians 1:13, Romans 8:9).  Peter's admonition for a systematic, step by step approach to improved productivity, thus, becomes the means whereby God's will is realized in our lives.


The moment the Holy Spirit enters your life at initial salvation is the moment you begin to participate in the divine nature that enables the ongoing process of being transformed into the effective and productive Christian you have been called to be.  If this process towards productivity is foreign to you, I suggest that you rethink how the Bible defines being a Christian.         

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