You don’t become a spiritual giant overnight, because it doesn’t just happen like magic. In fact, there must be deliberate energy poured into achieving moral distinction, or ‘virtue’. For this reason Christians cannot hide behind others as we seek to mature and grow up as believers. We must take personal accountability for our spiritual growth.
As we continue working through 2 Peter 1, listen to Conrad Mbewe expound Peter’s exhortation to “supplement your faith with virtue”.
Faith is the Foundation – Build on it Energetically
We must never content ourselves with a lethargic, half-hearted, mediocre, average Christian life.
“Faith is the foundation, and virtue is the superstructure… People don’t see faith. What they see is the life outside. Let them see virtue, let them see excellence, let them see moral distinction, let them see an energy that is producing all of this. Let them see that.”
Virtue is Excellence in Moral Distinction
Because of this, If the world sees little difference, if any, between genuine believers and those who are just religious, it is an indictment. Instead, in our homes, in our workplaces, in our neighbourhoods, in our churches – the world must see energy, energy, energy! We should be deliberately developing moral distinction and mastering what it means to live in obedience to God. May this be true of us.
Preacher: Conrad Mbewe
Series: Christian, Grow Up!
Title: Add Virtue to your Faith – with Energy!
Text: 2 Peter 1:1-5
Date preached: 1 September 2019
Location: Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia