Good to Grow
Jesus, thank You that You embody the holiness we pursue and that You make it possible for us to attain it.
Read 2 Peter 1:1–11
 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:  Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  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.  Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,  and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectWhat is the foundation of our growth?
It’s easy to skim across the surface of Christian discipleship without really giving it our all. This is a false economy, for its riches are only fully laid hold of by us laying hold of God. We have already been given “everything we need for a godly life” (3), so we’re pre-programmed for growth! The activation code is the daily choice to trust, obey and rely on Jesus so that his divine nature is developed in us for a corrupt world to see (4). Why then do so many Christians end up living unfruitfully (8,9)? “Wholesome thinking” (3:1) and the actions that flow from it are key to confirming our calling (10). Grasping that we’re fully accepted by God through faith in Christ is our foundational truth (9). Forget that and we’re in danger of operating as though we’re the center of everything or that somehow we have to earn God’s approval. But, no, it’s all about Jesus and the cross where he declared, “It is finished.”
If you’ve stalled in laying hold of any Christ-like quality (5–7), seek insight in prayer and from a church leader.
Lord, help me to lay hold of all that has been made available in Christ.