My God will never ask more of me than I have to give
nor will He ask me to do more than I can do.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (NLT)
As we know Jesus better, His divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive His own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, He has given us all of His rich and wonderful promises. He has promised you that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in His divine nature.
So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Knowing God better leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone.
The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus, the Christ. But those who fail to develop these virtues are blind or, at least, very short-sighted. They have already forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin.
Acceptance is the key to our happiness. We are trusting God is really doing what He has said He would. When we believe God is currently completing His good work in us, life is not about living in our own strength and understanding. We are not living in our dead works trying to redo what Jesus has already done for us on the Cross. It is Jesus alone that saves us, not our behavior.
As we grow in the understanding of the real and vibrant partnership God has created each of us for; to have this partnership realistically active in our life today we have more than hope. We have an anticipation and a desire to live on the edge of how God is moving and what He is doing in our life and through us as His chosen child participating in reconciling all of creation back to God, the Father, through Jesus, our Lord.
In all of this though we are cautioned the enemy will try to keep us so busy we become unhealthy, neglecting to care for the temple our body now is for the Holy Spirit living within us. We are also tempted by focusing on working for God instead of with God. It is always easier to run with what we think we know instead of trusting God’s perfect timing in all things. When we do this our priorities become out of order and we often easily forget that our family is our first and our most important ministry as we work with God.
When this happens we always receive the mercy and grace from our God and we can humbly ask those we love and who love us to forgive our losing sight of their value to us. We demonstrate both giving and receiving that love which forgives many wrongs and misunderstandings setting us free from the burden of our imperfect behavior.
In all we do let us remember:
True Christianity is not about being perfect,
rather it is about being perfected.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?