27 Nov 2018
I remember the story of a little boy in school who was reciting his two times tables with the rest of the class. While they were all adding the correct numbers in the song – “Two times two is four, two times three is six, and so on” – the little boy was singing “La, la, la, la.” When asked why he wasn’t singing the right numbers, he replied: “I learnt the tune but I keep forgetting the words!”
We can all be a bit like that when it comes to living the Christian life. Perhaps we are singing the songs but not really living out the words. Our Christianity must be evident in the things we say and do. It must be about more than just turning up at church on Sunday. We need to recognise the fact that we are the Church.
Let’s take a simple maths test to find out how we are doing. If you can say that you have added the total list mentioned in the following verses you score a full ten out of ten. If not, for each one you are able to add, give yourself one point. It’s probably best to keep the score to yourself, but I’m sure we could all be doing better than we currently are. Are you ready?
In 2 Peter 1:5-7 we read:
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.”
Pause and reflect: Have you added to your faith the qualities listed above since you were converted? Christianity is a lifestyle, not a religion. How did you score? Don’t give up or be discouraged. Ask God to help you develop the qualities you currently lack.