“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. 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.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 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. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.” – 2 Peter 1:3-9
This past weekend I attended a meeting at church, and one of the pastors spoke on this portion of scripture – 2 Peter 1:3-9. I know I’ve read this before, but I don’t believe I’ve ever really taken the time to digest what the words are actually saying. Well, I’ve been meditating on this particular passage of scripture for the past few days now, and let me tell you, God has been speaking to me through it. I love it when that happens.
He has given me everything I need to live a life worthy of the calling and destiny he has assigned me. He has given me everything I need to live a godly life; one that escapes the corruption of the world. He has given me the tools – I just need to learn to use them.
He has given me certain qualities to strive for in life – qualities that will keep me from being ineffective and unproductive in spreading the love of Christ. As I learn to operate in faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection and love, I learn to better function in the calling He has placed on my life. I learn to better spread the love of Christ everywhere I go. He has given me the qualities to strive for – I just need to push onward.
He has cleansed me from my sins, and has separated me from my past. I don’t need to live in it anymore. My sins have been forgotten. He has given me the opportunity to leave behind my past and embrace a wonderful future with him – I just need to trust him enough to let go.
With Christ, I have everything I need to live the life he has called me to live. To do the things he has called me to do – no matter how impossible those things may seem. He has given me everything I need to succeed – I just need to stop trying to do things on my own.
Trust that God has already equipped you with the things you will need to live the life he has called you to live – and don’t give up. He has called you to great things!