2 Peter 1:3-4
His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants in the divine nature.
I have all that I need
Have you ever been given a task and… that was pretty much it! You were just told about the job, what needed to be done, but not given any direction or any of the tools necessary to complete the job. You talked to them for hours, meeting after meeting, all with the same result. You know in that instant that you were set up to fail. The person who gave you that task did not want you to succeed, and certainly did not want you to progress. As a matter of fact, they might as well put you in handcuffs with mittens on your hands and ankle restraints, and then sent you in to the room where the task was housed. I know, pretty dramatic, but you get the point! We can go through much of life feeling as though we are not prepared for the tasks we are given. Some days, we feel like Ashton Kutcher is around the corner and that we have been Punk’d, because there is no way we can do the work that is in front of us.
Today’s devotional reading informs us of the real truth of the matter - That for the things that we are meant to do, the things that God has for us, we are prepared. By God’s all-mighty power, we have everything we need for life and for a godly life. Now we just need to examine, what is a godly life for a Christian? Or in other words, what is a Christ-like life? As we think about the attributes of Jesus the Christ, Jesus was caring, compassionate, was dedicated to his friends, Jesus was an advocate for the marginalized of society and Jesus knew when to stand-up to the leaders in the Jewish Community and when to humble himself. Jesus had these attributes and so many more. We have been given the same blueprint in order to do the work that lies ahead of us, to avoid the world as we know it.
Our Christian duty is to develop the attributes that we see in Jesus, not so we can be ‘pious’ or self-righteous, but so we can reach out to others in the work that we do to be more loving and kind and caring. We have everything we need to do that type of work. Thanks be to God!
God, our prayer is simply - help me to be more like Jesus who in a short period of time demonstrated what it is like to be a caring and compassionate person. God help me to be more loving and forgiving, so I can live out my purpose here on earth. Lord I pray that you continue to illuminate that which is in me to show that I have all that I need!