The decision to buy one of these machines was made a couple of years ago when my husband and I thought it would be good to increase our health in the attempt to decrease our waistline.
2 Peter 1:1-21
Reference: v.5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge… (NIV Bible)
Explore: I own a treadmill. Some people have to go to the gym to use this cardio machine but I have one in my own home. The decision to buy one of these machines was made a couple of years ago when my husband and I thought it would be good to increase our health in the attempt to decrease our waistline. The treadmill we bought is a good one. You can vary your speed by just pressing a button and the base of the treadmill can automatically go up and down to vary your incline. As an overall package, our treadmill does everything to assist us in our fitness. All we have to do now is actually get on the treadmill and start walking! It seems that while the treadmill is able to help us in our fitness, just owning a treadmill does not increase your fitness. You actually have to use it and expend some energy on it for it to work. Who would have thought, hey?! While owning a treadmill may be a good start, the journey on the road to fitness does not end once you have paid the bill.
Application: The journey on the road to God does not just end in having faith in Him. While this is a very important part, Peter encourages those of faith to then go the next step by adding goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. To believe in God is a good start but to be followers of Jesus it is advised that we add these important elements to our life. While the best exercise regime is for me to use my treadmill everyday, the best faith regime is to put these attributes of goodness to love in to my everyday too.
Prayer: Lord, You are a faithful God who is always there for us. May we not take You for granted but strive to live for You throughout our whole lives. Amen.
What area of your faith do you feel needs some more focus: goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness or love?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.