- Momentum must permeate all areas of our life.
- We will not see a progression in the immediate, but from a distance.
- Momentum is less about mystery and more about history. (Consistency over time)
I thought this point was particularly unique. I used to think it was all about talent and gifting, but I have realized over the last few years of my life that consistency is so vital. We must learn to minister to ourself, before ministering to others. Extremely tough to follow through on, but obedience is required.
- Jesus, except for a few moments in the Bible, showed up as something special. Except for his birth scene and his adolescent day of arguing with the Pharisees. He did a lot of consistent life before outing himself as the Son of God.
- Momentum always starts small and builds, and inertia builds along, more mass, more inertia.
3-4 Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.
5-9 So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.
10-11 So, friends, confirm God’s invitation to you, his choice of you. Don’t put it off; do it now. Do this, and you’ll have your life on a firm footing, the streets paved and the way wide open into the eternal kingdom of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.
A couple thoughts really sparked in me today. We as humans, seem to only be able to focus on two of three areas at a time. Our choices are our past, our present, and our future. We are incapable of looking at all three at the same time. I think God desires for us to look at the present and at the future. I often am a person who is in the past and the future, disregarding the present (still functioning, but not always living in the moment). Others tend to hold onto the present and the past, without any desire to look into the future. This was an excellent point by Jeremy and it plays out every day in our lives.
In regards to Christian growth, Dallas Willard said, “Do the next right thing you know you should do.”
I intend to do that.