“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your 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 or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:3-8
We have been granted all things!! All things that pertain to life and godliness! We have been given knowledge of Jesus (Amen!), Who has called us to His glory and excellence (and His call is powerful and effective!), and has granted us very great and precious promises (Amen!) so we can partake of the divine nature (Amazing!)! We have been given escape from corruption, and destruction… is this not enough to make us shout in exclamation-marked-praise?!? And because of all this, because we have been granted, by God’s divine power and love and generosity and numberless mercies, all things to live for Him, we can, and should! It is for this very reason, because of what He supplies, that we are to add to our faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and on and on, increasingly, building the blocks of a fruitful life that makes a difference here on earth.
In a very simplistic way, I think of a LEGO set our grandson is thrilled to receive, a sealed box filled with directions and every piece and sticker needed to complete a vehicle. He, in this one container, has received all things needed to build a clever moving machine that will fulfill its intended purpose when complete; and so he opens it and builds, connecting each piece in order, adding ‘quality upon quality’ to complete the object, to make it useful. Why do not we utilize all God has given us, build on every quality He imparts, claim each very great promise, and continually increase in faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, brotherly affection, and love? We can, by practice and perseverance–God has said so. Let’s get on with it!
Oh Lord, I am overwhelmed at all You have granted, and thank You for Your bounty to me. Thank You also for Your call to godliness and a life bound up with Yours. Pull me ever closer to You, and push me to add and build and bear glorious fruit for Thee. (Ephesians 1:3-4;2:10; Acts 17:28; John 15:16)