Month: March 2017
2 Peter 1
12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. 13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you, 14 knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. 15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.
We read yesterday that there is a list of qualities that Peter wants us to remember. In fact, he wants us to diligently pursue these qualities and to add them to our lives. Here again is that list of qualities:
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
By adding these qualities to our lives we will not spiritually short-sighted but will be able to see clearly and will abound with fruit toward God and man.
Then Peter continues and tells us that he would not be negligent in his responsibility to remind us of “these things.” In fact, he tells us that he is going to die shortly and wants us to know that after his death the constant reminder of “these things” is going to be important to us.
Peter knew the importance of spiritual reminders. He knew that without his reminders we would find it easier to drift away from where God wanted us to be. If Peter, the Apostle, was so committed to us being reminded then we must realize the importance of adding “these things” to our lives and must continue to do so.
Why do we read our Bibles, go to church, have Bible studies, read Christian books and more? We are heeding Peter’s admonition to ever be being reminded of all that God has taught us about Him and about life. We need the spiritual reminders.
Men, we have a prayer breakfast this Saturday morning. Church, we have our dinner at church this Sunday after the morning service. We do enjoy our fellowship.
Have a great day in the Lord,
2 Peter 1
8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Some Scriptures are more clear than others, this is one of those more clear passages. Peter, led by the Holy Spirit, just gave us a list of qualities to diligently add to our faith. (Read yesterday’s devotional for thoughts on diligently adding to your faith.) Now he says that if these things are yours and abound in your life you will not be barren nor unfruitful in your knowledge of Christ. Your life in Christ will thrive with abundance and good fruit! You will be able to clearly see your life and the lives of those around you. You will make your calling and election sure, that is, you will have eternal security.
As a pastor, I have all kinds of conversations with people. This is one where I might simply ask, “Are you adding to your faith as Peter prescribed?” The simple answer is either yes or no. If you are adding these qualities to your faith your Christian life is doing great and life is clear. If you are not adding these qualities to your faith but are resisting them then your Christian life is confused and you cannot see what God is doing.
The remedy is simple too: go back to verses 6 and 7 and make a checklist of which qualities you have and which qualities you still need to add. You too can thrive and abound in your walk with Christ thus seeing clearly the ways of God in your life.
Our teens will be going to the Dare2Share conference this Friday night and Saturday. Make this a matter of prayer as some of them need to be saved, some need to give their hearts to follow Christ fully. All of them will be challenged to tell someone else about Christ. Pray that there will be a harvest of souls for God’s kingdom and an army of teens zealous about Christ turned loose on this world.
Tonight we will be having our study first and prayer second. This is a one time switch.
Have a great day in the Lord,