Focus: The characteristics of a faith filled person
2 Peter 1:2-4 (NKJV) Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Just in case the above passage left you a little bit overwhelmed, let’s break it down into some bite-sized spoonfuls that might make it a little more digestible. The verse contains a wonderful seven-fold blessing as follows:
- Multiplied grace and peace
- All things that pertain to life and godliness
- Knowledge of Jesus
- A virtuous and glorious calling
- Great and precious promises
- The gift of being a partaker of the divine nature
- The gift of escaping corruption from lust
If someone brought you a box that contained all of the things in that list—you’d want to open it, wouldn’t you? If you were given a beautiful package and all you had to do was open it and receive everything mentioned in those bullet points—you’d be ripping off the wrapping to get inside. Yet, the Bible contains all of the details on the list—and few people bother to open the book.
The Word of God has amazing power. It is a weapon against failure that is sharper than any double-edged sword. It is a road map that is able to give the clear and perfect guidance we need in order to find a happy and fulfilling life. Yet, often we look to almost any other source for help and ideas on how we can survive. God wants so much more for us than just ‘survival’. The list of blessings in 2 Peter 1:2-4 is proof. It exudes abundance. It is the lavish description of the inheritance of faith—which can be had by anyone who is willing to seek and find.
The first item on the list is multiplied grace and peace. How could we belong to God and not be filled with multiplied grace and peace? How could we say we are His and yet live a life filled with anxiety and turmoil? If we were saturated with the Word of God—would we be filled with grace and peace—or anxiety and turmoil? Think about it.
If we knew we had everything we needed that pertained to life and godliness—would we worry we might not have enough of anything? Would we be stingy and selfish—or would we be caring and generous?
If we were filled with the knowledge of Jesus, would we be absorbed with our own problems—or would we go about doing good?
If we knew we had a virtuous and glorious calling, would we be chasing after the wrong things and following the ways of the world—or would we be focused on our purpose and doing all we could to advance the kingdom of God?
If we knew our future was bright and filled with great and precious promises, would we be pessimistic and fearful—or would we be confident and secure?
If our character and appearance portrayed one who was a partaker of the divine nature, would we be so worried about fashion and the approval of our peers—or would we be seeking how we could ‘look more like Jesus’?
If we had escaped the corruption of lust, would we be still trying to figure out how to afford or finance all of the latest gadgetry and trappings available in the marketplace—or would we be content with what we have…and possibly get rid of some of it?
Declaration: I will find new strength by opening the gifts God has given me. I choose to make an honest assessment of my characteristics and determine whether my appearance and behavior portrays faith—or a lack of it. I will grow in right ways by seeking the Word instead of the world.
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