Add to Your Faith
In 2 Peter 1 we read, “…giving all diligence, add to your faith…” He continues to list seven virtues that are of paramount importance to spiritual growth. In Greek, the word “add” is the same as the word επιχορηγέω (epichoregeo) from which the words chorus, choreograph, chorus master, and donor are derived.
In ancient Greece three major theatrical productions were performed each year. Famous writers such as Socrates and Aristotle wrote plays which were acted out before audiences of approximately eighteen thousand. Included were choirs, musicians, and mimes.
The choregos (epichoregeo) who directed the production was responsible for finding a donor who was willing to pay for the expenses. Theater was a very important part of Grecian culture and it was an honor for the wealthy to play a part. To a large extent, the winning production was determined by how much the donor was willing to lavishly spend. Eventually the word choregos evolved into epichoregos to reflect the combining of the duties of the chorus director and donor who now became one and the same person.
God led Peter to use the word epichoregos to teach us that our spiritual growth and maturity are similar to a theatrical production – a production that requires one to lavishly provide the necessary virtues at their expense. There is a cost involved in adding to our faith, moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. The more one is willing to lavishly spend on developing these spiritual disciplines, the greater the influence upon the audience who is daily watching.
As we endeavor to “act out” our roles on the stage of life, may it become increasingly clear that pursuing spiritual growth is an expensive endeavor and takes great diligence. We must be committed to add, at our own expense, no matter what the cost.
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Dialogues of Fenelon
Don’t let the small size of this book fool you; this is a precious gem containing wise and profound insights that will strengthen you in your faith.
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