Summary: Spiritual Growth is important! In this series we’ll use 2 Peter 1 as a blueprint for the areas we are called to continually add to our faith as we grow spiritually. This week: Godliness
Growing by Addition
2 Peter 1:5-7 (NIV)
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
I want to thank Jordan for his message on Perseverance last week. It’s important that we remember that we are called to “endure” in this lifetime because God is stronger than anything we will face.
Jordan also made an important point that I want to repeat, because it becomes especially true in regards to our next subject of growth, Godliness. The simple fact that perseverance is not just enduring tough times, but it’s also the persistence in doing what is Good and God’s Will. We must never give up!
In this series, we’ve taken the approach of stages or levels of growth as a means of examining each one closer on a weekly basis. But spiritual growth does not necessarily work in stages like this. It is all areas working and strengthening one another; adding to your faith in increasing measure together!
Well today’s focus is truly a life transformer. Godliness, if truly sought out and applied, will turn you upside down. It will change
- the way you perceive things
- your purpose and motivation
- how you take action
- where you go
It is truly the complete removal of self, and setting apart your life for God.
I know what you’re thinking, “Godliness sounds like it could be Goodness.” Let me tell you, it’s not. This is not a typo that has been printed twice. It was a deliberate writing of two different areas of spiritual growth.
In man is not a mere passive quality, but the deliberate preference of right to wrong, the firm and persistent resistance of all moral evil, and the choosing and following of all moral good.
(Easton Bible Dictionary)
Now look at the contrast:
An attitude and style of life that acknowledges God’s claims on human life and seeks to live in accordance with God’s will.
(Holman Bible Dictionary)
So in Goodness we have the choosing of what is right in our life, whereas in Godliness we have the complete dedication of our lives to God.
1. Process of Sanctification
Here’s a nice big Christian “buzzword”, Sanctification. But this word has a very powerful meaning that comes from a necessary action. Let’s go back to it’s roots for a moment:
In the Old Testament, the root word is kadash (ka-dash) which means “to cut or separate.”
- Holy Priests
Exodus 28:41 (NLT)
Clothe your brother, Aaron, and his sons with these garments, and then anoint and ordain them. Consecrate them so they can serve as my priests.
- Holy Altar
Exodus 30:10 (NLT)
“Once a year Aaron must purify the altar by smearing its horns with blood from the offering made to purify the people from their sin. This will be a regular, annual event from generation to generation, for this is the Lord’s most holy altar.”
-The Holy Land
Leviticus 27:21 (NLT)
When the field is released in the Year of Jubilee, it will be holy, a field specially set apart for the Lord. It will become the property of the priests.