2 Peter 1 & 2
2 Peter 1:3, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for life and godliness. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.” (NLT)
Too much. There’s too much in these two chapters for just one post. But for my current purpose I will not slow my pace of one chapter per day. Tomorrow I will move on to chapter 3.
Peter. The man who denied Christ three times and was three times restored. The man who ran into the tomb after the resurrection. The man who swung the sword at the head of the Temple Guard on the night Jesus was betrayed. The man who declared, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.” And only moments later began correcting Jesus for teaching something he disagreed with. Jesus turns to Peter and responds, “Get behind me Satan.” Peter was on the mountain when Christ revealed his heavenly glory. In that moment Peter heard the voice of God. He was uneducated. He was a businessman, family man. He worked hard. And he was a follower of God.
I think Peter is a lot like you and me. When I read his story there are times I think of him as a spiritual manic depressive. When he’s on, he’s really on. When he’s off, he’s way off. I’ll bet you’ve struggled like that as well. You have moments of glory followed by seasons of distraction. You may trust God for your eternal life, but you have a hard time trusting him with matters of your daily life. You know enough about what means to be a God-follower that you understand that you want in, but haven’t yet figured out how all that applies to the everyday struggles of the daily grind.
2 Peter 1:3 says it – God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness. God can be trusted – to save, to provide, to teach, to guide. You can trust Him to lead you through and go with you. You are not alone. And the one who goes with you is the Creator and controller of everything!
Verse 8 is remarkable as well. “The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Peter gives us a list of attributes to cultivate, goals to pursue, qualities of character to practice, and then tells us that practicing these things will make knowing Christ productive and us useful in his kingdom.
How’s your trust? Do you struggle to trust God for the issues of daily life? 2 Peter 1 gives us several practices to help us grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. These aren’t things we do to earn the favor of God. They are things we do because of the favor of God. They deepen our relationship with him and give us a firm foundation on which to build a life.
If practice is the systematic process of overcoming a series of small failures which virtue should you practice today? God has given you everything you need for life and godliness. Through him you can become more than you ever imagined.
Thank you for saving me. Thank you for giving me everything I need for life and godliness. Today, help me practice the virtues listed in 2 Peter 1. Lead me and give me the knowledge, will and strength to follow you. I want to be useful in your kingdom, to my family, with my coworkers and for your glory.
I love you, in Jesus name –