Friday, January 6, 2023
Twelve years ago my wife and I were surprised at Christmas when we opened up the gift our children had bought for us. It was a Wii (pronounced “we”) video game system. Immediately the kids began telling us everything it would do. We were especially excited about the internet connectivity option that allowed us to play video games with them and the grandkids from their homes. I could play golf and tennis and baseball and bowling against my grandson in real time while he is at his home. It was amazing.
But there are lots of things to be added before that can happen. First it had to be hooked up to the television. Then we each had to create a Mii (pronounced “me”). That’s what the game calls your identity. My oldest grandson helped me create mine. As we began, he informed me we could skip one step because I didn’t need hair. After the Mii is created, there are training exercises for each of the games to learn the controls. Finally it was time to play. Each time a game is completed, the computer grades the outcome of that game and adds or subtracts from your skill level. The higher your skill level, the better you become at competing against others.
I eventually got my bowling skill level into the pro category I was ready to start playing against him on line. I think he still beat me.
God has given each of us an incredible gift – the gift of faith. With this gift we can get connected to His spiritual network. By faith each one of us has become a part of God’s “WE”. We are His family. Yet each one of us is still a “ME”. Each “ME” is responsible to increase their individual skill level so they can be effective and productive in their knowledge of God and enhance the “WE”. We are each in various stages of training and experience, but we are each to be increasing in all the skills necessary to make the “WE” most effective and productive.
2 Peter 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to 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.”
Take some personal “ME” time today and really study what Peter says in the Scripture above. Here’s a couple of points to ponder:
- Notice that faith was a gift from God, not something we did for ourselves.
- Notice that it is our responsibility to add to our faith, and that it takes effort.
- Everything we are to add is readily available from the Holy Spirit. We must choose to appropriate the fruit He is trying to produce.
- Each quality that is added is interconnected with all the rest and they must be accepted as a whole. We cannot pick and choose which qualities we want. They are all to be added.
- Nothing is said about ever reaching a state of saturation. No matter how long you have walked in faith, each quality is to be increasing in your life. None of us ever reaches perfection in any area, so keep building your skill level.
Now excuse me while I go increase the skill level of Mii so I can be a more productive part of the Wii.