Welcome back to our Daily Devotions!
We’re now a few days into this new theme, More! Today we’re going to look at a passage of scripture from 2 Peter 1. Peter played a significant part in the early Church. Not only was he a follower and disciple of Christ, but also as an Apostle and one of the founders of the Church.
2 Peter 1:3-8
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.
Packed into these six verses is way too much content to be able to unpack in one day’s devotion! In fact if you’re really want to dig deeper into these amazing words, then we did a whole sermon series on these few verses called Everything We Need. You can find all the podcasts online or on the Influence app.
The first line directs our attention to the true source of power for our lives! When our desire for more is routed in a pursuit of God’s divine power, then we know we’re connected to the right source. When we try to live a life of more, but go looking for it in other sources (money, relationships, qualifications, possessions) then we will always be lacking in supply, because those are limited resources. God’s divine power is supernatural and limitless.
Having been reminded of the ultimate source of power, I want to draw your attention to verse 5, which begins with “Make every effort to add to your faith”
The previous verses tell us about God’s Power and promises, which form the foundation of our faith, but now we’re encouraged to add to our faith, or as the Message translation of the bible says “build on what you’ve been given.”
Peter’s wisdom and guidance here is helping us to understand that what God has done for us, through Christ, is more than enough. If we only had the power and promises of God, then we already have everything we need to live a godly life. However, for those who want it, there is more!
There is a way to add to your faith, to build more of God into your life. And by seeking more of God, in our everyday lives, it will stop us from becoming: (v8) “ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”
God’s power and promises to us are immeasurably greater than we can put into words, but when we add to them a personal pursuit for more of God, that’s when we grow in a whole new way.
However you feel today, whatever your week has been like. However old or young you are in your Christian faith. Choose today to seek more of God, because he’s not finished with you yet!
Lord, I want to thank you today for your divine power and your precious promises. Thank you that when Christ died for me, he made a way for me to experience the fullness of life. Forgive me for the times when I’ve become stale in my faith.
Help me today, to live with a pursuit for more of you. Help me to add to my faith, in any way that will help me to know you more and to grow in my faith.