Within these blogs I try to bring words of both encouragement and challenge to help us meet the reality of trying to live as Jesus calls His people to. As I was reading 2 Peter recently I came across something that far exceeds any attempt I can make to encourage and challenge and it feels right to urge us all to look at these words frequently through the weeks ahead and ask, ‘How do I live like this?’ or ‘How can I be more effective and productive in living out our knowledge and experience of all the incredible things that Jesus has done for us?’ Please read these lines slowly and prayerfully.
2 Peter 1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: 2Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3His 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. 4Through 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. 5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8For 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.
A year ago we received a word of prophecy urging us to be more passionate, loving and welcoming. I believe that these words from 2 Peter speak into that challenge and encourage us to passionately add more and more to our expressions of faith. How will we use all that God’s divine power has given us, for a godly life? How better, this month, can we participate in the divine nature? Or, to quote another NT writer, how can we ‘spur one another on towards love and good deeds’? (Heb 10:24)