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Effective and Productive

Effective and Productive

I do not often feel effective and productive? Many nights, I lie in bed and ask myself what I accomplished that day and it is rarely as much as I needed to. How about you?

2 Peter 1:8-9

“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But, if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.”

Today, there is a huge emphasis on productivity in our physical world. I dare say, it is even more important in our walk with God. Have you ever thought that way about your knowledge of Christ and your relationship with HIm?

I think that in my planning out my day, I need to plan on growing in my knowledge of Him more intentionally. We can just let it happen in the midst of being a Christian and going to church. However, I am now impressed with the fact of my need to not only spend time with Him in prayer and Bible study in preparation for my day. My approach should be that I am always mindful of growing in my knowledge of Him. When we do things intentionally, we are always more productive and more effective, especially, in the things of our wonderful Lord. Consequently, this will carry over into our interaction with the people around us. So we will be implementing that knowledge of Christ in an effective and productive way. Just like hope – it will spill out all over them. 

Vessels of Honor

My heart’s desire is to be a useful tool in my Master’s hand. Being effective and productive in knowing Christ should be my primary goal every time I approach God’s Word. It should be every Christian’s primary goal.

How can I say that?

Because the better we know Him the more we will be able to love Him. (Matthew 22:37-38) We are called to be useful tools or vessels of honor. (2 Timothy 2:20-21) This comes from knowing Christ and as we know Him better beginning to implement the knowledge of Him in our lives. As a result, we become more and more useful in His hand. Take time to read the verses I added in this paragraph to broaden your perspective and expand your understanding.

Let’s Go To the Verses Now

“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure… “

What qualities?

If these qualities should always be growing in us then I guess it makes sense that we can never get too much of any particular one. I personally have never met anyone with too much brotherly kindness or too much faith. How about you?? Pursuing having them in increasing measure is to be seeking after His righteousness, don’t you think?

“…they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Having Direction

Being effective and productive in knowing Him is always the ultimate goal. In fact, any Biblically oriented goal is going to take us closer to Christ. It is great to know that the direction to go in will always be toward Him. If He is our focus and goal, we will never be aimlessly wandering. Isn’t that wonderful?

So, when we are wondering about what to do in a situation, a good question to ask ourselves is: Will this move me toward Christ or away from Him? and to pray about it, of course.

Can You See?

“…But if anyone does not have them he is nearsighted and blind… “

This is a matter of being blind to what really matters and to what we need to focus on. We must look past all the distraction in our lives and focus on our beautiful captivating Christ. Then, we will have real sight.

“…and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.”

The Turning Point

What Jesus did on the cross for us was the turning point in all of history. The year was even titled differently – from BC to AD. The realization of what Christ has done for us – taking the punishment for my sin and yours on Himself, pouring out His precious blood and dying for each of us – is the turning point in each of our lives. Oh! May we not lose sight of the huge price Jesus paid for our cleansing and what His sacrifice has done for us in our relationship with Him. He has taken away the massive barrier, our sin, between us and Him. Now, instead of being still bound for hell and eternal separation from HIm, we are free to love and serve Him in His forgiveness and His righteousness. No longer being enemies of God, we as believers can live in peace with Him – the Lover of Our Souls, the Maker of our Hearts, the Lord of All!

Thank You, Lord, for what You did on that cross for me… for all of us. I am so amazed and so very grateful!


  • How can we know that and be the same?
  • How can we know that and not desire to bring Him glory – by being effective and productive in our everyday lives??
  • What measures do you need to take today to be increasing in those qualities?
  • We must keep the goal of knowing Him in sight. How will you do that today?

Go Deeper Today:

John 12:1-11

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