2 Peter 1 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by David Tung, Gracepoint Berkeley

One thing that is really amazing is that, through his divine power, God has given us everything that we need for life and godliness and that we are able to participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  He has really given us everything that we need in order to struggle with and overcome our sin and to participate in his divine work.  He has given us everything that we need to leave our sinful life behind and to share in the Father’s heart and the Father’s work for the lost and broken people in our sinful world.  We have the Word of God – the Word of God which speaks to me through DT and messages and prayer meetings, and which exposes my sin, rebukes and corrects me, reminds me of God’s promises, reminds me of God’s forgiveness and mercy, and strengthens me to resist sin.  We have the people of the church – we have our leaders who guide us and correct us and keep watch over us as men and women who must give an account, we have our peers and other brothers and sisters who labor alongside us who also correct us and spur us on with their own zeal and example, and we have people entrusted to us to minister to and love and who also provide that additional safeguard against sin.  We have the Holy Spirit, which gives us the words to say and who strengthens us and intercedes for us when we are tempted by sin.  And we have the work of the church – the church directs our efforts and shows us the ways that we are to serve in order to participate in God’s divine work.  The good work that God has entrusted to us as individuals, but more so the good work that God has entrusted to our church as a whole, really is such a gift and blessing and a provision when it comes to the needs of life, the needs of godliness, and the participation in the divine nature and escaping the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  This was really spelled out to me yesterday as I had the privilege of coming down to Riverside for NSWN on the UCR campus.  The work of the church is really such a blessing to all of us – if we want to participate in God’s work and pursue godliness, it does not really take very much effort on our parts to find work to do.  God showed us yesterday at Riverside that there is so much work to be done here with the incredible turnout at NSWN – he showed us his heart and zeal for this campus and really challenged share in his heart and love and minister to and share the Gospel with these students.  During DT sharing this morning with the Riverside Mission Team and the unemployed Riverside Team brothers, one of the brothers shared that when we are on a mission trip that it really is so clear that God really gives us everything that we need and that we are able to have concentrated focus on the mission at hand and we are able to die completely to ourselves and to participate fully in God’s work – and what had previously been huge struggles for us are suddenly diminished because we really don’t have any time to indulge ourselves or to sin because there is just too much to do and the stakes are too high.  Steve shared that it is so true that God has already given us everything, but how so often we do not experience that to be true – and that the subsequent verses in 2 Peter 1 give us the reason why.  2 Peter 1:8 says, “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.”  And the qualities that Apostle Peter enumerates are not about our abilities or our competencies, but rather our character: faith, goodness, knowledge, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.  It is really our character issues that keep us from experiencing God’s provision of everything that we need.  I know this to be true because whenever I fail as a minister or as a Christian, it really is not because I was not competent or able enough, but because my character was lacking – it is my selfishness causing me to disregard my brothers and speak out in anger and damage the unity of the church, it is my lacking of perseverance and putting too much stock in my fears and emotions that keeps me from engaging new students or trying to attract new students to our events, and it is my lack of love that keeps me from deeply impacting other people.  It is not because God has neglected to provide, but because I do not struggle with the issues of my character and my sinfulness.  Experiences like mission trips and visiting our church plants really make it clear that God has already provided everything and is just waiting for us to share in his zealous heart for the lost and to join in his great and awesome work.  Once again, I want to commit to the struggle with my sin and character so that I may do so.

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Submitted by Peter Choi, Gracepoint Berkeley

2 Peter 1:3-4

3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

  • Notice the description in this text of the things given to me by God.
  • What would it mean for me to respond properly to these gifts?

“Everything we need for life and godliness”. The fact that I am given everything I need is an amazing truth that I need to hang on to. From time to time I am overcome by a feeling that the world is too much to handle. In this day and age there are so many things that distract me from being able to concentrate – if even for a moment- on God’s glory and goodness. Maybe they may come by way of some form of entertainment or object/subject of interest.  Maybe they may come by way of some criticism or quarrel or disagreement. Maybe a situation in life that seems so impossible that the only thing left is to just sigh. Yet there is this undeniable promise. We have “everything we need for life and godliness”.

Apostle Peter is very clear as to what the proper response is: “…so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world…” Participate in the divine nature. That is to live a life that is set apart, holy, as a member of his people. To live out the promise that God has given me. To put my trust in the words that God has given me everything I need for life and godliness and press on to reach out to those around me, telling them about the good news of Jesus Christ. To fully take part in/take ownership of the relationships that I have in Christ. To truly revel in all that God has given me – his word, relationships with his people, a meaningful life purpose, to be a light in that ever-darkening world. And the more challenging the situation I face, the more I need to cling to this promise with everything I have, and then cry out to God when that is not enough. I must remember that the proper response for me is to participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world – rather than to pine and long for what it has to offer.
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