How to Develop Your Faith

Written by: Chris Norris — online site pastor

Like anything in life, to be successful, you must be fully committed. It takes work! Our culture wires us for instant gratification through outlets like social media, television and what we read on the web. Too many people demand instant results but few people are willing to put in the work.

Our faith and following of Jesus Christ can often be the same…right? I’ve never met a believer who woke up one morning and had everything figured out with their faith. There is no blog or YouTube video that explains “How to follow God’s will for your life.” Instead, as Pastor Brian Kelly taught in week two of “This is How to Live,” if we want to live with the grace and peace that God offers us, it takes WORK to develop and acquire. The “work” scripture speaks of are qualities meant to supplement your faith:

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 5:1–8)

Watch week 2 of “This Is How To Live”

As a former college athlete, I remember my coach announcing to the team once that I did not have all of the God-given abilities that some of my teammates had. My coach was in the process of awarding me the game ball so as you can imagine, this seemed to me like a bit of a backhanded compliment. He went on to say that I on the other hand, had raw talent that took some refining, dedication and hard work to master. His intent was to motivate some of the other players to be willing to put in the work to supplement the talents they already had.

Looking back, I view this as one of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received and it reminds me a lot of what Peter is telling us in this passage:

We all have faith that needs refined and requires dedication and work so that we can grow and develop our knowledge of God. (TWEET THIS)

The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross makes us perfect in our standing with God and He sees us as perfect through our faith in Him. Yet each day, we strive to be holy and progress in our knowledge and understanding of God. And that is why these virtues are an important part of that process:

  1. Moral excellence
  2. Knowledge
  3. Self-control
  4. Patient endurance
  5. Godliness
  6. Brotherly affection
  7. Love for everyone

Which of the seven qualities in this passage do you need to work on and how do you think it will strengthen your relationship with Jesus Christ?