It’s All in the Details

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Shaving is a morning ritual that most men don’t give much thought to and want to get done as quickly as possible.  But, for Gillette’s team of shave testers its all business and attention to detail.  Their feedback plays a key role in the company’s design and sale of razors to over three-quarter of a billion men worldwide.  To become a shave tester one must complete a six month training program and rate each shave in a specially designed laboratory based on a forty-five point score card.

Paying attention to the details is something we often overlook as Christians.  Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:10, “…be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure.  For if you do these things, you will never fail.”  The phrase “these things” refers to eight character traits or Christian virtues listed earlier in the chapter which serve as a reflection of our growth in Christ.  Peter is not saying that these attributes are the grounds of our salvation, but that they prove our faith is genuine.  In other words, they provide us assurance that we are Christians and demonstrates to others the continual life changing power of the gospel at work in our lives.

Take a few minutes this week to read 2 Peter 1:5-8 and then ask yourself, “Can a Christian impact others without paying attention to the details?”