In our study of 2nd Peter 1:1-11 there are a couple of words that caught my attention and peeked my interest to go deeper in what Peter was sharing. The words are “ineffective” and “unproductive.” They’re found in the sentence following the listing of qualities Peter recommends be added to your faith.
Here’s the sentence, verse 8: “If you possess these qualities in increasing measure they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive…” I know there is more to the sentence, but in my initial reading these two words jumped out at me because I don’t want to be ineffective and unproductive. I was hooked.
As I studied further and understood the context better I realized he was not talking about results like more people coming to believe in Jesus Christ, more believers taking measurable steps toward experiencing Christianity at a deeper level, or more products produced and distributed, etc. He wanted to assure you that if these qualities became a part of who you are you would become more effective and productive in experientially knowing Jesus Christ as God and Savior. Your increased knowledge about Him would have a transforming effect on your experience in Him and with Him in your daily walk, work and worship.
Remember in verse 3, knowing Him experientially is the key to unleashing His divine power that gives you all you need for life and godliness. It is also the key, according to verse 4, that makes believing His great and precious promises to be fulfilled in your life. It is the beginning and end and new beginning in the cyclical process of sanctification.