In one of my morning devotions this week, 1 Kepha 5:8 was the focus but as a read it, I had to find out what “these things” are. So then I backed up all the way to verse 5 and saw the list of “these things.” And then I began to think through verses 5-8 more carefully.
Do I have “these things in” me?
If I do have “these things in me” are they growing or are they stagnant?
If “these things are in me and growing” what fruitfulness do I have?
What kind of fruitfulness should be evident in me?
Okay, the fruitfulness is knowledge but knowledge of what? Knowledge of history? Knowledge of laws? Knowledge of practices?
The knowledge that comes from the fruitfulness of “these things” is of Adonai YAHUSHA Messiah.
Because He expects me to have fruit in my life. Just like the fig tree, He expects at any moment for me to be growing and producing more and more – not staying the same. My fruit should reflect Him of whom I believe in.
Furthermore, I must be diligent (purposefully, carefully and persistently) seeking to add “faith, virtue (show high moral standards), knowledge, temperance (self-control),patience, the fear of YAHUAH, brotherly kindness (friendly, generous, considerate) and love” daily.
Right now, patience has been a big issue for me this past week. I’ve had to remind myself that showing impatience will not produce the result that I am reaching for. But showing patience takes time and I certainly won’t get immediate results, which is frustrating. But through this time, my patience will grow and I have to choose to have faith that eventually the patience that I have shown now, will result in fruit later that reflects the knowledge of belief in YAHUSHA Messiah!!!!