We have all heard it before, and as parents, maybe even given the reply ourselves to the question, “Why do I have to do this?” The answer is, “Because I said so!” Although there are times when this sort of reply is necessary, the majority of the time, giving insight into the reason behind a command, helps those abiding in it, to follow through. As one person said, “Your WHY is the thing or things that keeps you so emotionally connected and bound to your actions that you cannot fail and will very rarely falter.” So, when it comes to growth, especially spiritual growth (in any area of our walk with Christ), what is your WHY POWER?
If you love Me, keep My commandments. (John 15:15)
Our love for Jesus Christ is at the very core of our “WHY POWER”. Of course, our love for Him finds its roots in His love for us (1st John 4:19). It was the apostle Paul that stated it was “the love of Christ” that compelled him (2nd Corinthians 5:14). Love is a powerful motivator, but it alone is only one of the many reasons God gives, when it comes to motivating us to grow in Christ. It is my objective today to provide another reason to seek spiritual growth; that is, what God teaches us concerning spiritual WHY POWER.
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election
sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble…
2nd Peter 1:10
Peter has just finished exhorting his readers to grow in their faith. The reason (part of our WHY POWER) was to keep them from being “barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2nd Peter 1:8). In the above verse, he gives another reason for intentionally seeking spiritual growth: that is, “you will never stumble.” The Greek word translated stumble means to trip up. God wants us to grow spiritually so we won’t get “tripped up” as we walk through this life of ours. It was Jesus who said, “difficult is the way which leads to life” (Matthew 7:14). As we travel this road, Satan will be looking for opportunities to trip us up (1st Peter 5:8). So, we need to “be even more diligent to make your call and election sure,” which will help to keep us from stumbling. Just further insight into our WHY POWER for Christian maturity.