You know, if all you had was 2 Peter 1, I think you could figure out exactly how to live your entire Christian life – it’s just that clear. I recently did a focused study on just verse 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.” God summons us into such an intimate relationship with Himself that actually enables us to live an eternal life patterned after His,right here, right now. That means we have no excuse. The way God sees it, we already have EVERYTHING we need to live for what Jesus lived for and die to what Jesus died to save us from. We are fully equipped to live our lives in love and in the pursuit of God’s goals: holiness, community, discipleship, outreach, etc. God has given us everything we need to live like Jesus would. So, wherever our lives are not godly, it is due to a lack on our part. God is not to blame. The knowledge Peter writes about here is a deep, intimate knowledge that comes from really knowing God, not just knowing some things about Him. It’s knowledge that come from studying the Bible, not just going to Bible study; it comes from actually abiding in Christ through His Word, not just passively reading it. It’s knowledge that comes from spending time with God, talking to Him, listening to Him, hearing His stories and thoughts and hopes and dreams and plans for the future. So, when our lives are marked by the temporal and not the eternal, when our lifestyles resemble the world’s culture instead of the Kingdom’s, when we’re looking out for ourselves instead of investing in the good of others, our immediate solution should be to return to intimacy with God. It is there that we will find what we need to live like our Rabbi, and if we live like Him, we can change the world.
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