Focal passage: 2 Peter 1:3-11
I don’t know how many times I have been going to do something and found myself not having what I needed. Maybe I was going out for a hunt, or going fly-fishing, or going camping. I arrive at my destination only to realize that I had forgotten something I really needed. In some cases, I could improvise, finding a way to make it work with what I had. At other times, I would simply have to give up my plan, not able to do what I had set out to do.
That kind of scenario need not be the case with regard to our spiritual life and growth in godliness. Peter is writing to a group of people who are experiencing great challenges and persecution. In the midst of those incredible challenges, Peter reminds his readers that they have not been left to themselves to improvise or “do the best they can” to honor God. Rather, God Himself has given them “all things that pertain to life and godliness.”
All that God has made available to the believer comes “through the knowledge of [Christ].” As one commentator puts it, “An intimate ‘full knowledge’ of Christ is the source of spiritual power and growth.”
It is important to remember, however, that God’s purpose for working in us, is so that He might better be able to work through us.
Paul tells His readers they are to submit to, and cooperate with, the work God is doing in their lives.
While God will be faithful to provide according to His “precious and very great promises,” these believers have a responsibility too. They must “make every effort” to grow in their faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, etc. Peter says if these things are growing in our lives, we will not be “ineffective or unfruitful.”
You see, God is at work in our lives, causing us to walk in greater godliness and usefulness for the work of His Kingdom.
Further, we can walk in confidence, even while living in this sinful and fallen world, knowing we are promised “entrance into the eternal Kingdom.”