Wednesday November 29, 2017 – Everything We Need
Ezekiel 35-36 2 Peter 1
As we get closer to Christmas I hear people giving thought to what they need for Christmas. The reality is that most of us really don’t “need” the things we would ask for gifts at Christmas, but there are actually only a few things that really are absolute needs. Peter captures this thought in 2 Peter 1, 3 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. 4 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.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 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. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
God has given us everything that we need for a godly life since he has made us aware of his goodness to us, but God wants us to live according to his calling and election as Children of God. The rewards are great!