Talk about crazy, I crossed the finish line for a half marathon. Ha, honestly did not think I was going to make it. Many runs in preparation with my dad consisted of heavy breathing, a whole lot of complaining, and meltdowns galore.
After running 13.1 miles a couple weekends ago, the last thing I want to do now is run. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy feeling the breeze through my hair and getting a workout out of it. But the thought of tying my shoes and enduring the pain is not top on my to-do list.
Training for that took a bucket load of effort. Effort I did not want to give forth on a couple of runs. But something I learned out of it, was that many things in life take effort. Not only does accomplishing a goal or obtaining a fit body require effort, but so does obtaining a godly lifestyle.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2nd Peter 1:3
God has given us everything we need to obtain godliness. As humans, we have limitations. I recognize that I will never be the best physically, but there is no reason why I can’t be the one most alive or the godliest person. God has provided us everything through his divine power, now it’s up to you.
“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, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.” 2nd Peter 1:8
Peter says it right at the start – make every effort. We all wish we it could be as easy as shouting out “Hey God, make me holy”, but we have to play our part too. Make every effort to godliness, make every effort to knowledge. But how can we do that if we don’t understand His Word? You can not blame the Holy Spirit for your lack of effort.
It takes an effort to take away the distractions. Trust me, putting down my phone for a couple of minutes is harder than it looks. It takes an effort to worship God all the time. Your first action during a storm is probably not dancing in the rain. It takes an effort towards love.
I know I want to be that person Peter describes with all those characteristics that reflect God. But it takes more than just high-fiving God every Sunday morning. You’ve got to tie your shoes and endure the pain. It’s up to you. Make every effort.