Everything Required

Today's devotion from 2 Peter 1.

Peter is concerned that some might forget an essential truth. Our faith is not inactive or ineffective. What I mean to say is that our faith cannot be relegated to some unimportant and intangible facet of our lives. The way Peter says it is found in verse 8. He fears that some would be "useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."

From these words we can infer the opposite. For the person who posses the qualities of  an active faith described in verses 5-8, their faith will be useful and fruitful. Then, in verse 9, he pushes forward. The person lacking these "is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleaning from his past sins."

Putting all of this together, we see the connection Peter is trying to make. When we realize that Christ has done everything required to remove the stains of our sinful pasts, then we can see that He has also done everything required for us to progress in expressing our faith in outward and visible means. The way I try to communicate this is to remind people that we have not only been saved from our sins, but also to a new life.

You see, God has given and continues to give to His followers everything required for life and godliness. He eradicates the past and makes possible the future through Christ. He empowers and strengthens by the Spirit. He resolves and comforts through prayer. He reveals and instills through His word. He holds accountable and encourages through the church. In other words, as Peter writes, "His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness."

Today, as you seek to walk with Him, don't focus on everything you cannot do. Instead, remind yourself that He has given you everything required. Trust Him.