“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. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.” (2 Peter 1:5-9, NIV).
This is a serious warning to people who are religious, but seem to be unaware that their faith is supposed to form their character. If you say you have believed in Jesus, but do not have the qualities of a faithful follower, you have gone blind because you have forgotten what was bought for you on the cross when Christ died for you.
The Pharisees were the Bible scholars of their day, but Jesus warned His disciples to avoid them. “Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:12). And in Revelation 3:18, Jesus returns to warn one congregation, “I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.”
May God forgive us for choosing the things of this world over He who created it; choosing politics over holiness; choosing temporal causes over eternal life. And we did this because we forgot that Christ died for us, and for everyone we despise and envy. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV).
Donald Marsh ©2020