Thursday, May 12, 2016

2 Peter 1:1-4

2 Peter 1:1-4
Contemporary English Version (CEV) 

  1 From Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ.
   To everyone who shares with us in the privilege of believing that our God and Savior Jesus Christ will do what is just and fair.
   2 I pray that God will be kind to you and will let you live in perfect peace! May you keep learning more and more about God and our Lord Jesus.

  3 We have everything we need to live a life that pleases God. It was all given to us by God’s own power, when we learned that he had invited us to share in his wonderful goodness. 4 God made great and marvelous promises, so that his nature would become part of us. Then we could escape our evil desires and the corrupt influences of this world.


 So often, we fall for the lie of 'things will be better when...'.  We think that once we achieve a certain status or reach a certain goal in life, then we'll be better able to focus, then we'll be free of stress, then we'll get serious about the serious things of life.
  Peter issues a helpful reminder -- we have everything we need to live a life that pleases God.  We don't need things or status or experience -- we need hearts willing to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all we do.  We don't have to wait on something magical to happen. In Christ, we have seen the fulfillment of so many of God's promises, and he sent the Holy Spirit to dwell with us and guide us and lead us forward.  Life is not for waiting -- it's about following God here and now, with what we have and who we are, even though we are imperfect.
  God didn't wait for us to reach perfection before reaching out to us.  God reached out as we are, and he casts his grace upon us and lifts our vision.  Let's not spend our time waiting, but rather invest our time and energy in loving and serving now.


I'll be taking a little break to celebrate graduation and our 10 year anniversary.  We'll pick back up on the 23rd of May.  

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