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, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess in equal measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins
-2 Peter 1:5-9
What does it mean to put the cart before the horse? At yesterday’s Gathering, the sermon was about that. It basically means you cannot do anything in the wrong order. If you put the cart before the horse, then nothing will happen. That is because the horse has to come before the cart because the horse is the action that drives the cart. The same concept applies to spirituality as well. Instead of the horse guiding the cart, it is faith guiding our spirituality.
Everyone all has this deep desire to have an effective and growing relationship with Christ. That deep desire is the Holy Spirit calling you. That cannot happen if you don’t have faith and faith is the key to starting that relationship. No matter how small that faith is, put that faith in you and us it to your advantage. Yes, at the end, everyone desires mutual affection and love, but you will not get there right away. Before getting to the end, you need to do everything else this scripture says. Once you have the faith, the first thing to do is practice goodness. Everything in life takes determination. We struggle do to the design that the Lord has set before us, but that is the way it is supposed to be.
Some of these steps seem harder then others. It seems easy to get to the knowledge part. But everything else seems quite difficult to get to. Sometimes you end up having perseverance before self-control, but that is in the wrong order.That seems misleading because I fee like you can easily have determination why before you can have self-control. I wonder if it counts if you little self-control and then head to perseverance and end up having a larger amount of perseverance then self-control.
In order to truly love, you most have all of the other qualities that the Lord has given you. You just need to find it deep down in yourself and that is where the Holy Spirit lives and that is where you develop your spirituality the most. Struggling is part of what it means to be human. We need determination to get through dark and challenging times in your lives. We need determination to get through our education and eventually accomplish our dream job. Everyday, we will always be struggling with something and that is just what life is. So just never put the cart before the horse.
If we don’t have any of these characteristics, then we have forgotten everything that Christ did for. Christ did say that faith is the size of a mustard seed. If you have that, that is better then nothing. Yes, we might even struggle with our relationship with Christ, but as long as we have the faith in him and faith in ourselves, then we will never forget what Christ has done for us.