Take 5 (May 25-29, 2015)

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Troy Thornton • Pastor of Outreach & Small Groups

Monday: Virtue

2 Peter 1:5

CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffet, once said, “In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first one, the other two will kill you.” The marketplace even recognizes virtue, or integrity, to be a backbone of an individual. Integrity, or virtue, is the key ingredient of credibility and a person’s trust. 2 Peter 1 has a list of qualities that are to be supplemented to our faith, and virtue (integrity/moral excellence) is number one on the list.  As followers of Jesus it is necessary to be people of virtue, people that can be trusted and found to be credible. The message of Jesus is either amplified, or deafened by how we live. Virtue will guide us to live out scripture and amplify Jesus in front of our culture.

For Today: Write the word Virtue on a card and place it in a prominent place in your home.

Tuesday: Knowledge

2 Peter 1:5

“The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance” – Confucius.  Knowledge is very important in life. It is what helps us learn and develop in our careers, relationships, and even hobbies. However, knowledge that Peter talks about is more than just the mere learning and application of life’s lessons as Confucius said. Knowledge that Peter is speaking of is the knowledge found in the scripture as the Holy Spirit illuminates it to us. A follower of Jesus must seek to know and understand who God is and how that must affect our character. It is necessary to consistently add the application of godly knowledge to our lives. Knowledge of the person of God found in the Bible is higher than any other knowledge we can attain. Seek to know more and apply more.

For Today: Read and meditate on Psalm 1.

Wednesday: Self-Control

2 Peter 1:6

When I was in the marketplace, I traveled a lot for my work. I hate to think the number of hours I have spent on airplanes. Even though I often didn’t think about whom the pilot was, his experience, or his training – I certainly wanted him to be in control of the aircraft. An out-of-control aircraft is not good and neither is an out of control life. Followers of Jesus are charged to have self-control as one of the additions to our faith in 2 Peter 1. If there is no control in your life, it can often lead down a dangerous path that can end poorly. Self-control is really letting go and trusting the Holy Spirit and scriptural principles to work in our life and take control of our actions and attitude. Much like when on a plane, we must trust that one who is in control knows what he is doing. In the case of the Holy Spirit, He certainly knows what He doing.

For Today: Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to take control.

Thursday: Steadfastness

2 Peter 1:6

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO, has the world’s most accurate clock – the NIST-F2. Launched in 2012, the NIST-F2 is accurate to one second in 300 million years! How they figure that out is a mystery to me, but it is impressive nonetheless. One could say that the NIST-F2 is the most steadfast of all clocks, it never wavers. Followers of Jesus are called to steadfastness. The life of a believer is to be marked by a sustaining and enduring attitude of faith in the God of the universe. This is the hallmark of God’s active hand in our life, which we simply believe and show it by the steadiness of our walk. People should be able to “set their clocks” by how we live out our faith walk. We may stumble from time-to-time (the NIST-F2 even loses a second every 300 million years), but the overall message we live out is steadfastness.

For Today: Be a steady follower.

Friday: Godliness

2 Peter 1:6

I went to high school with a set of identical twins, the Michler sisters. I knew them for years and really never learned how to tell them apart. They even dressed the same and had the same haircut, which made it all the more difficult to identify between the two. They reflected the likeness of the other to the point that it was almost impossible to distinguish who was who. As a follower of Jesus, we are called to godliness. Godliness is characterized by a Godward attitude, to reflect the likeness of God. This really drives to humility. It should of greater concern to a believer that people see God rather than themselves. Godliness takes an attitude of selflessness to another level, to a level of almost self-disappearance. Our Godward attitude should point completely away from us so that it becomes almost impossible to distinguish who is who.

For Today: How Godward is your attitude?