This morning I grabbed my coffee and began diving into 2 Peter. Oh, I LOVE the written Word of God. It is living! It pierces my heart with it’s truth. Verses 3-11 especially grabbed my attention. I had to ask myself if I am growing in these areas because if I’m not, then in essence, what I am saying is “I am very shortsighted.
I am not looking at things from an eternal perspective.” If I am completely sold out for Jesus Christ, I will seek to exemplify Him in every area of my life. I have seen too many Christians be content with “being saved” and not developing in themselves the character traits God wants us to have. I want to be different.
Let’s take a look at this passage from the NLT:
2 Peter 1:3-11
“By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. 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. And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature and escape the world’s corruption cause by human desires.
In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, patient endurance, Godliness, brotherly affection, and love for everyone.
Self-control is an area of my life I could use some improvement in. It’s very easy for me to get addicted to things easily. I enjoy drinking coffee, but am I in control of that desire? Umm… No. I’d say 8 cups a day of that delightful black liquid is a little much.
Patient endurance. This has the concept of lifting a huge weight over your head. What an accurate picture of life’s trials! It’s like carrying a huge weight around. Sometimes my heart feels very heavy with the pressures. So, I have to ask myself…If Jesus gave me two choices:
A) The remainder of 2012 will be very easy. I could have anything I chose ~ no sickness, no deaths in the family, lots of money BUT I wouldn’t be any closer to the Lord for the remainder of the year or…
B) The remainder of 2012 will be very difficult. There may very well be sickness, deaths of loved ones, no more money than I have now BUT I would be closer to the Lord because I had to depend on Him to meet my every need.
What would my choice be? I have to be honest and say that the past few years have been very hard for me. I had to think this through. What would I choose? I found myself choosing the latter, but my hesitation was not a good sign. If I had surrendered my ALL to Him, I wouldn’t have any hesitation.
How about you? What are your weaknesses? Have you surrendered your ALL to the Lord?