We are the richest of royalty, yet often live as paupers. 2 Peter 1 tells us we have been given “all things that pertain to life and godliness,” have been called to “God’s glory and excellence,” have been “granted precious and very great promises,” that we may be “partakers of the divine nature.” But often, the fleshly nature wins out in our attitude, outlook, preferences, decisions, words, tone of voice, impulses. God’s equipping is perfect and sufficient, but we are not automatons. Peter reminds us that we have a part in this mysterious thing called sanctification. “Make every effort…add….increase…be diligent…practice these qualities.”
The gift is, “we have been established in the truth.” And the gift is also, we must exercise our confidence in that truth by applying it, by “supplementing faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus.” Truth and sufficiency come from Jesus; effectiveness and fruitfulness require our effort. Appropriating what is true confirms our ownership of it.
“I am the Vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit.” John 15:5,16
Lord, You have granted all that is needed to live out Your gracious calling and partake of Your divine nature. I renounce sloth and complacency. In every endeavor, may I eagerly, with steadfastness and zeal, practice what You supply, for Your glory.