In the video that precedes this text we said the first installments would be dealing with knowing Christ today for life and for godliness based on what is written in 2 Peter. Here is the text in detail I wish to work with in this post and the next.
3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For 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. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
In this text Pete says we have it all, yes ALL WE NEED FOR LIFE, EVERYTHING! Why? Because we have His divine power. How do we have this divine power? Peter says through knowing Him. Now knowing him is not as simple as being introduced once to Him as a causal acquaintance. It is about ABIDING intimately and constantly with the Trinitarian presence of God. The closest example I give you is the kind of relationship a godly marriage would have but it is even more than that.
So by His divine power we have everything we need for life. Life! What all is involved in LIFE?
May I take a stab at this….?
I guess this means that we have everything we need to have a godly marriage, be models to our kids that they love and respect, be able to stay employed at some level of occupation in the face of high unemployment, always have food and shelter.
But wait BREAKING NEWS: this is the by-product not the product of everything we need for life this is not LIFE-WHAT? Everything we need for life is simply HIM! And we have that through knowledge and then all the rest follows. I think this has already been said as well: But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
This is so darn confounding because we sheep pass up the BEST we can have in life:KNOWING HIM AND HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS to go after the second best stuff of life. Yes the godly marriage, the good kids, the good job and the food and shelter are clearly SECOND to HIM hands down. But how many of us in the church really believe this? A wee little few at best and the results are obvious.
When are we going to understand we have to KNOW HIM to have what HE wants for us. Again this is not a SAVIOR LORD aspect it is ALL of what He offers: SAVIOR, LORD, TEACHER and MASTER. When we stop at LORD and SAVIOR we don’t have the ability to get to the fruits of the LIFE that are the result of KNOWING HIM, being His APPRENTICE and STUDENT and HE our MASTER and TEACHER. Our life becomes compartmentalized and our faith so deadly passive with the end product being a church , a people, that is impotent in effecting the culture and in turn a culture that is in control of the church.
So why do only a wee little sheep have this LIFE? A relationship takes effort, it takes work and the majority of us only have so much energy to give to life (?) these days. So instead of keeping our relationship vibrant and intimate with Jesus we concentrate on the by-product which we think is life.
Look at these words friends:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Now do you see information in there about energy levels and use of energy. This is addressed to you the 21st Century sheep who are WEARY, BURDENED and need to find REST for your souls. He says we find this REST when we COME TO HIM!! In others words when we SEEK HIM FIRST, ABIDE and KNOW HIM we receive a renewed energy and the by products of life we feel are life naturally come into our midst.
How and why this happens has to do with the second part of this first series, it occurs through the godliness that we exhibit in our lives.
So I need to stop here for a bit and let you process and comment.
The excitement and the possibilities for your life await in the next post.
See you soon friends!