2 Peter 1:5-11 (NLT)
5 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, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. 8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. 10 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. 11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In these verses the apostle marks out step by step the path a Christian should take to grow in their productivity and closeness to God. They are to add moral excellence, self-control, enduring patience, godliness and love for all. He said if you fail to add these things then you are blind to what God wants for you forgetting what He has already done for you. For those who do not forsake their obligations the apostle says God will provide a grand entrance into heaven to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus.
Maybe you have seen the movie Castaway where Tom Hanks becomes marooned on an island after the cargo plane he is flying on crashes into the sea. For one of the Super-Bowl games FedEx made a commercial spoof on Castaway. A man shows up at a door of a customer and delivers a package he said he had kept 5 years while castaway on an island. As a FedEx employee he wanted to make sure she got the package. As he started to leave he asked what was in the package. The woman replies, just silly things, a satellite phone, a GPS locator, a fishing rod, a water purifier and some sun seeds. All along the man had the tools he needed in order to return to a productive life. But he allowed himself to be blinded by what he thought was the correct thing to do. Often we have the tools God has given us to do what He has planned for us. But we look and see other things in the future that are our own desires. And because we focus on the wrong things we miss using what God has laid out for us. Pray that you might see the tools God has in front of you to perform His calling. Pray God will show you how the live your life fully and not be blinded by your own desires.