For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.
2 Peter 1:8-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Having these qualities (faith, morality, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, affection and love) ensures that we will be fruitful. Having these provides a zeal within us to seek to serve, to continually strive to be more Christ-like. At the same time, zealously striving to be more Christ-like produces these qualities in us. It builds on itself. We have this assurance, if we desire to glorify God and be like Him, if we are seeking to serve and to grow, we will not be unfruitful or useless. It is a surety. On the other hand, those who do not truly possess them (regardless of how much they pretend to) are blind. They cannot see anything beyond this physical world. They cannot look forward to heaven, are not eternally minded. They live for now and as a result work for now and are unable to really grow. We have to have that heaven-mindedness to be able to grow heavenward. These people are also incapable of learning from past failures or of moving beyond past sins. They may pretend to have these things, but their motives and immediate reactions will reveal where their hearts truly lie. There is no middle ground. We are either heavenly minded and striving to serve and grow; or we are worldly minded and not growing. Which side are you on? Ask God to help you grow, to give you that zeal and diligence necessary to be on His side.
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