S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:3–11 NLT
The idea of the “growth mindset” says, “What matters isn’t how much I have, but what I do with it.” Here’s the truth: we are not like a jar with a lid on it. We are more like a plant with roots. What matters is not our raw ability but growing beyond where we are today—to BE more and to DO more. Failure is not devastation but fertilizer for growth. And growing involves trusting that I will receive nurture from a source beyond myself.
According to this Scripture, is knowledge about Jesus the goal or a step on the pathway to a different goal? Where are you on that journey?
How is a “growth mindset” essential for true spiritual growth?
Why did God give YOU his “great and precious promises”?
What next step do you believe God wants you to take in your spiritual journey?
Lord, thank you for helping me grow through your goodness, kindness and example. Thank you for giving me not just the desire to grow, but also the power to take steps of faith on my journey.