God Calls – God Equips

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust ~ 2 Peter 1:2-4

God calls us to live holy, godly lives.  Period.  Not to “do our best”, or “try really hard”.  

…as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” ~ 1 Peter 1:14-16

God calls us to holiness and, as Peter says in 2 Peter 1:3, He equips us for it – “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness (holiness)”. 

Let’s look at obedience from a parental perspective.  Our greatest frustrations regarding our children’s obedience comes from what we know that they know to do.  Why?  Because it shows a willful decision to disobey.  Hear that?  That’s rebellion.  Right?  

We know what God expects of us (at least when we’re in the Word), so when we don’t do it, we are not only committing the wrong, but, compounding that wrong with rebellion.  Why do we do this?  Because we want to be in charge.  We want to call the shots.  We want to do what we want to do, whether it’s right or wrong.  We want to decide.  This is so clearly where dying to self is important.

We need to become deliberate and intentional in the act of living a godly life.  It won’t just happen.  It takes effort, discipline, and a desire to please God completely.  

Lord, please help me as I study Your Word more and more to learn Your heart – what pleases it, and what breaks it.  Help me to cherish, and live what pleases it, and avoid and remove from my life what breaks it.  In Christ’s name, Amen.

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