Everything You Need in One Handy Tool
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,” (2 Peter 1:3 ESV)
Kicking off another letter of encouragement, Peter, the rebel-rousing Apostle humbled by Christ’s love for him, takes to launching right into the reason for hope for the church and the Christian. To those with faith that is of equal standing to the preachers and leaders of their day — the the small people big in faith — that’s the whole church by the way; grace and peace in abundance.
Rejoice, you have been claimed by Christ and he gives you everything you need for all of life and for the godliness, the goodness and holiness he has called you to. And it is all found in one handy tool, the knowledge of Jesus who claimed you for his glory and unending excellence.
Take that in for a moment. Everything you need. All things for life — every inch of life, not church the hour you spend at church but every moment you exist, is granted to you, is a present for you in knowing Jesus. All you need to be godly, to live different and in obedience before God, same place, given to you in knowing Jesus.
I don’t think we realize fully the gift we have, the access to the realized promises of God, in knowing Jesus, the real Jesus. Jesus the Savior, who lived on your behalf and died in your place to give you victory and new life.
There is no more unlocking of secret mysteries or self-actualization to be had. It is all granted in knowing Jesus.
Today, when you feel like you are coming up short, like you don’t have what it takes to live and be holy, remind yourself that you know Jesus. He gives you all things for life and godliness by knowing him. Rejoice at this gift, endeavor to know Jesus more and live!