The Bible provides us with a key to ensure that our time of leadership will be fruitful and lasting. In Second Peter 1:5-7, Peter wrote, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” Then in verse 8, Peter continued with a glorious promise, saying, “For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

What a promise! If the qualities found in Peter’s list abound in your life, then your endeavors will never be barren or unfruitful! However, there’s a catch — it takes time and effort to develop all of those character traits. That’s why Peter begins by saying, “ all diligence....” Developing those wonderful attributes in your life will require great diligence and tremendous commitment on your part.

It’s important to make wise use of your time by sending your roots down deep into the character of Christ to develop faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity. These qualities won’t be cultivated overnight. To make them a reality in your life, you’ll have to be committed to developing your character over a long period of time. But if you buckle down and apply yourself, the rewards will be immense.

As we saw earlier, God’s decision to promote Joshua into a position of prominence wasn’t based on a quick overnight decision. God had been examining Joshua’s life for many years, looking for faithfulness, courage, character, strong moral values, and right responses to varied and difficult situations. He had been searching for someone with enough character to carry the kind of great anointing that Israel’s leader would need — someone who was committed enough to step into that position of leadership and maintain it without becoming morally shipwrecked.

During Joshua’s years of waiting, God gave him ample time to send his roots down deep. And because Joshua had time to grow and prepare, he was strong enough to weather any storm he might face when the time came for him to lead.

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