In a world of posturing and virtue signalling it is easy to forget the simplicity of doing good. Being right is of little value if you do not do right. We live in a divided world where it seems that certainty is more important that accuracy. Where a snappy reply is of more social value than the truth. As followers of Jesus we can not afford to be caught up this kind of thing.
I will freely confess to loving a good comeback as much as the next guy. But this can not be the focus of my life. Following Jesus means taking action. It means following at a moments notice and obeying, even when it is hard to remain faithful. That is what it meant to his original disciples. That is what it means for today’s disciples. The hard part is hearing the voice of Jesus in the current ocean of voices. In 2 Peter 1:3-11 Peter gives a straightforward list of virtues that we must strive to grow and maintain. If we fail to do this Peter says we have become near sighted to the point of blindness.
Step one – focus on these important virtues.2 Peter 1:3-11
Is it possible that one can posses these virtues without taking action? Can one posses self-control without exercising it? What is virtue? Is it possible to possess it without being virtuous? Virtue is a quality of behavior. Even faith without works is dead according to James.2James 2:14-26 To say nothing of brotherly affection and love.
So step two is simply doing things for others. Love after all can be functionally defined as, “benefiting others at my expense”. This is what Jesus did for us. This is what we must do as we follow him.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct…1 Peter 1:13-15