By Brother Joseph Ogunjobi
Text: 2 Peter 1:3-11
Having talked about laying a foundation and revisiting it, it is also expedient to consider reinforcing some structures in a building that are wearing out easily as a result of increasing load on them.
Relating the above to our topic, reinforcement is needed in order to increasing the load bearing capacity of a Christian faith. To reinforce means to strengthen especially by addition or augmentation, that is, providing additional strength to a structure in order for it to withstand prevailing pressure.
At salvation, all that God demands from anyone as a basic, central requirement is FAITH, and this faith is complete. It is absolutely complete because nothing else is required at this stage to come to God. Eph 2:8-9; Acts 16:30-31; Rom 10:9.
However, it is expected that after salvation experience, a Christian should endeavour to enhance, reinforce their faith along with other things (Christian qualities) in order to attain the full stature of Christ. Col 2:6-7. This a man must do by himself consciously and deliberately. Phil 2:12; Eph 4:11-13; 1 Tim 1:19.
It is important to state that just as no reinforcement can be made without an existing skeletal frame of structure, so also faith reinforcement can not stand on its own and can not definitely come before salvation. Just as clothes decorate and add beauty to the body and cover the flesh so also are these Christian qualities to faith. A naked body makes no sense (and is not appealing) to any man, but it does when it is gorgeously embellished with precious materials. A man’s faith does not make immediate meaning to this world but when covered with these qualities the world stands not only to understand it but also embrace it.
What is to be sought after salvation is not power or greatness but taking conscious effort to supplement our faith with necessary Christian qualities. Without these any power or anointing a Christian possesses will be marred.
What are these qualities of reinforcement?
Goodness-a good moral behaviour pleasing and acceptable to all and not easily faulted; knowledge-intelligence in all ramifications such as would glorify God; self control-ability to deny oneself and live in submission to His will despite the fleeting pleasure of the world; steadfastness-patient endurance, perseverance; godliness-piety, God-like life and character; brotherly affection; and Christian love.
Why is faith reinforcement so necessary?
To make us productive, fruitful and useful in the knowledge of Christ. 2 Pet. 1:8
To keep us from falling away from our faith. 2 Pet. 1:10
That our Christian progress may appear to all: make it meaningful to people. 1 Tim 4:15
That we may save ourselves after all our exploits. 1 Tim 4:16; 1 Cor 9:23-27.
How can we do this?
See the need for these qualities in your life, and in exercising your faith make conscious effort to develop them. 2 Pet. 1:5
Prayerfully labour on your knees and ask the Holy Spirit for help. Col 1:9-11
Study the word of God and be ready to do what it says. That brings the transformation that furnishes a man unto all good work. 2 Tim 2:15; 3:15-17
There is always grace made available from God unto all hearts desiring to develop these qualities in their lives.
Faith Reinforcement: A Necessary Process Toward Becoming A Total Man In Christ, by Brother Joseph Ogunjobi was delivered on November 2nd, 2014.