Building blocks were in constant use in our home when our boys were little. We had all the name brand company blocks, but we also had homemade wooden blocks from my parents that were use to make towns, obstacle courses, and tall towers. Each piece had to be carefully placed to ensure that the blocks would not fall. As the tower would grow higher and higher we would oooh and ahhh over the skills the boys were developing. We celebrated their abilities and encouraged new attempts whenever the tower toppled.
We knew the encouragement mattered in the failings more than the celebration of the successes. The boys would continue to try as long as they knew they had support.
So too, should it be for us as we walk in our Faith each day. Peter wrote in his second letter to remind us as believers why we should not be satisfied with just having faith in Christ. We are called to keep building, to keep growing, to continue going forward with Christ as our example. My blocks should be placed one on top of the other as I mature in my Faith and relationship with Christ.
As Peter describes it:
FAITH comes first and out of faith comes GOODNESS then we start to grow in our KNOWLEDGE as we learn about Christ we learn to use our SELF–CONTROL when we are using self-control we learn more about having PERSEVERANCE from our perseverance we grow deeper and fuller in our GODLINESS from this godliness we develop our MUTUAL AFFECTION for other believers and our of this mutual affection comes the ultimate evidence of our relationship with Christ which is LOVE.
Peter states simply that when we seek to grow in these areas will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive in Christ. None of us who are serious about our walk with Christ want to be unproductive or ineffective for His glory.
So how are we doing? Are we seeking, growing, deepening our relationship and knowledge?
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 (2 Peter 1:5-8).