2 Peter 1:5-7 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
In our stay-at-home reality of this coronavirus crisis, people have been watching a lot of movies and streaming shows. What have been some of your favorites? I love movies that inspire. Like the movie Chariots of Fire about the runner/missionary Eric Liddle who at one race was knocked down but got back up and won the race. I love Eric’s resilience and determination not only to do his best but to serve God. Eric trained to run fast but also to get back up when knocked down. I also love the resilience of Carol Danvers, a character in the Marvel film Captain Marvel, based on the Marvel comics superhero. Carol’s life is filled with times where she gets knocked down, but does not stay down, she keeps getting back up. She could have stayed down or just given up, but she trained hard and gets up and keeps trying; that’s resilience.
To make the choice to be resilient is to make the choice to get back up when knocked down. Some people seem to have a natural bent towards resilience, or their environment has trained them since they were little. However, many of us need to grow in this area. Because the truth is, we will get knocked down in life, either from our own doing or due to the tribulations of life:
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me (Jesus) you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
How we overcome is to build that muscle of resilience and undergo some resilience training. The Apostle Peter is one who was knocked down by much tribulation. Peter knocked himself down by denying Jesus Mark 14:66-27. Peter was also arrested Acts 5:17-18, beaten for proclaiming Jesus Acts 5:40, and more. Peter went through a life of training to keep getting up when knocked down. In 2 Peter 1:5-7 listed above, Peter gives a great training course for resilience:
First, is to practice faith in Jesus. This is to come to the place where we believe in Jesus, the Christ, for our salvation and life direction John 1:12, 1 Peter 2:21. If you are not sure about your faith, feel free to email me and we can connect. I’d love to help you come to faith in Jesus and grow in that faith, [email protected].
Then, to live in line with God’s moral character. That’s what Peter means when he says ‘with virtue.’ It is to make life choices that reflect the character of God Ephesians 5:1-2.
Also, to learn more about God, Jesus, and faith, 2 Peter 3:18
As well, to practice self-control 2 Timothy 1:7.
In all this, to have a relentless trust in God Proverbs 3:5, be devoted to God James 4:8, connected in community Hebrews 10:25, and practice love John 13:34.
Wow, that’s some good training. Yes, it takes risk. Actually, the words “supplement your faith” in 2 Peter 1:5 means to supply at your own risk. So, it will take some effort to practice these resilience growing actions, but they will help you be more able to get back up when knocked down. Which of these could use some attention? Let’s get in some resilience training this week.
Church can be a place to learn and practice resilience training. Though we can’t meet for in-person gatherings, we do have resources that can help. One new resource is a section on our website “Revive your soul this week.” Housed here are a number of links to videos, emails, posts, and publications for learning that will revive your soul. These resources also help give greater insight to our Sunday teachings. Every Sunday we learn from the Bible and seek to know God more. Here is the link to our live-streaming services (see live.neighborhoodchurch.com) As well, if you would like to view any of our past worship gatherings visit our YouTube channel.