March 19
‘And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,’’ Exodus 34:6
Bible reading: 2 Peter 1:3-11 (Go to the Bible passage)
If we have received eternal life and stand in childish awe of our heavenly Father, we know from the bottom of our hearts that we had nothing in ourselves that entitled us to these gifts, but that it was God’s compassion. His divine power has given it to us (:3).
And let it get through to us that God did not equip us so wonderfully for ourselves, but to serve others! This is made clear by the little words ‘so that' (:4). Peter refers to ‘us’, as servants of Christ (:1) and he writes to those people who - through Peter’s service - have received ‘a faith as precious as the Apostles’ had. Therefore God has given Peter very great and precious promises, so that we - who listen to his message - may participate in the divine nature (:4).
But then: who would not want to be a servant of the eternal, faithful God? With what tremendous mission have we been placed in this world! Let us not listen anymore to the voice of the accuser - the devil - who prefers to point out to us our failures instead of this divine calling. Let us faithfully, full of trust, submit ourselves to the divine word that reaches us today.
If you - reading this - know you are a Christian, then start living in the awareness that God has given you too very great and precious promises, so that through these, people around you may participate in the divine nature. This means that they too may become a new creation! All the people around you? Everyone who has grown tired of the tinsel of this world and is looking for God.
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