I was asked to lead a devotional last week, on 2 days notice. While scuffling for a passage to use, I saw an email from my mom, forwarding her “verse(s) for the day”, which was from 2 Peter 1:5-8. I decided to use a part of that chapter. So, Let me share with you what I have learned:
Confirming One’s Calling and Election
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
-2 Peter 1:3-11 (from biblegateway.com)
Although the Apostle Peter wrote his second letter as a warning against heresies such as gnosticism, he started (I believe) by addressing one of the most common/basic heresies known to Christendom – doubting our saving faith or God’s promise of irrevocable salvation.
The bible tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Not even ourselves (for we are part of “all creation”):
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Yet the sad truth is that, even though we have read and memorized this passage time and again, many of us believers still come to a point in our lives where we doubt the genuineness of our actions. At one point, we drown ourselves in misery at the fact that we are not living up to the holy lives we envisioned to live, or perhaps, really did once live.
So, back to our passage. Peter tells us that the “power from above” that we received the moment we believed is more than enough for us to live the “normal Christian life” God so expects and desires. Yet before the Apostle goes on to enumerate a list of traits similar to the fruit of the Spirit, he first tells us what we need to do with the “divine power” that has already been given to us. We are to make every effort to add...
These traits start to flourish in us the moment we become God’s children. The more we cultivate them, the more effective and productive our lives will become. Yet the moment we stop, the devil will take advantage and try to make the situation look as if our lives had never changed.
Which of these traits are flourishing in your life today?
Which of them do you wish to cultivate more?
Pray and ask God to grant you growth in all areas, in accordance to His will. Expect Him to use circumstances, suffering, hardships, even persecution for your spiritual muscles to grow. Ask Him to give you a joyful heart, come what may.