Thursday, July 26, 2012

Resources for Life and Godliness

Sometimes as Christians we wonder whether we have the resources we need to live life and especially a godly life. Self-help books are published by the hundreds and we scour titles hoping to find something that will help us be more successful at this business of living the Christian life.

I've been meditating on 2 Peter 1:3 which reads: " 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,"

There are several important things to notice in this verse. First, it requires divine power to provide what we need for life and godliness. Books won't give us the power we need and a whole lot of self assurance won't do it. It takes God's divine power at work to accomplish this.

Next I notice that His power has given us ALL things necessary for life and godliness. There's nothing left out of our resource kit when it comes to successfully living life. God has provided everything we need.

Finally, these resources come through the knowledge of Jesus Christ who is the one who called us. This kind of knowledge is not head knowledge, but a personal relationship knowledge that comes from knowing God through Jesus Christ. He will go on in the next verse to talk about exceeding precious promises. We know those promises because they have been preserved for us through God's word.

Our need is not to scour the shelves of the book stores to try to find some new insight. The insights we need for life and godliness have already been given to us. They are found in the Bible. Joshua 1:8 promises success to the one who meditates on the Word of God frequently and regularly. That's where the answers have always been and still are.

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