The Bible on being effective and fruitful (2 Peter 1:5-8)

"For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. " - 2 Peter 1:5-8

You already have faith. Add to that virtue and knowledge. Self control is an interesting one though because it's you who is lacking the control. How can you who lacks control just go and control yourself?

The concept of self control is a joke outside of a higher-power and really our God. Because something outside of us has to give us the strength to control ourselves when we lack it.

Steadfastness - Standing firm. Being fixed, steady. Do you know why you live? Are you living for Christ and are you doing so steadily? Are you holding fast, firmly to God? Are you constant in your battle for the expansion of the Kingdom of God?

Godliness, brotherly affection, and love.

All of these could take days to talk through,

But if these qualities are yours and you're advancing them, increasing them, working on them, you will be effective. You will be fruitful.

Want to know how to succeed at what you do? The scripture tells us VERY clearly.

And don't forget that because godliness is in there by it's very nature you're not going to accomplish these things if you're doing something ungodly.

But take a minute to think about your life, your work, your ministry and your family. Which of these needs the most work?

Be in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.