God gave us all we need in a seed.  Second Peter emphasizes God’s empowerment of His people.  Like all good leaders, God equips us with everything we need to do what He calls us to do.  Peter tells us that God granted to us “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2nd Peter 1:3).  God’s divine power has granted us His divine nature (1.3), and we participate in this divine nature by developing ourselves.

We exercise our new nature by being diligent.  We are to add virtue to our faith, then knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and finally love.  When we have gone through his sequence of character development, the divine nature has matured in us. 2nd Peter 1:2-8.

Jesus said the process works like a seed (Matthew: 13:31,32.


The seed is planted, and although it is entirely present, it is very small.  As it grows, it becomes large and helpful.  Seeds are complete but undeveloped.  In the same way, God has planted within us all we need, but these resources require time and growth before they become visible to others.


Leadership Begins with Eight Characteristics.

Peter gives us a ladder to climb that leads to maturity, demonstrating that he believed in the law of process, Spiritual leadership happens daily, not in a day.  Peter select choice words to describe the sequence of our process.  We are to diligently add:


  • Faith: the foundation on which we grow spiritually.
  • Virtue: a life of strong character and discipline.
  • Knowledge: an understanding of what God thinks and values.
  • Self-control: the ability to lead oneself before leading others.
  • Perseverance: the ability to patiently stick to what is right.
  • Godliness: a Spirit-filled, Spirit-lead lifestyle that reflects the Lord.
  • Brotherly kindness: a lifestyle that is warm, relational, and caring.
  • Love: the highest quality that enables a leader to sacrificially give to others.

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