A recipe for life. 2 Peter 1:5-11 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and goodness, knowledge and to knowledge, self-control, perseverance and perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 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. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
We all have our favorite recipes. For some of us it’s a family recipe and the ingredients are a well-kept secret. The first time you prepared the dish you examined it like a map to a hidden treasure, precisely measuring the amounts of each item. You knew the combination of the ingredients would result in something delicious.
In some ways, our lives are like a recipe. The difference is there are no secret ingredients. It begins with faith in Jesus Christ. Peter, a follower of Jesus and one of the leaders of the Church, gave us some ingredients for an even better, more fulfilling life in Christ. Here’s the recipe for an effective and productive life:
Begin with a personal relationship with Jesus.
Add goodness and an equal amount of knowledge.
Stir in self-control and perseverance.
Combine with godliness and a pinch of mutual affection.
Mix thoroughly and bake with an abundance of love.
God does not expect us to become instantly perfect in the qualities listed by Peter, but he tells us that we can “possess these qualities in increasing measure.” Growing in these areas because of our relationship with Jesus is the best recipe for a productive life.