By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
2 Peter 1:3-11
Something that everyone is seeking is to get rid of in their lives is corruption. Whether you are Christian or not, evil is not something we willingly invite into our lives. Everyone is fighting a battle against the darkness that is consistently attempting to eat away at the good things in life. The darkness varies in shades and types, but it is all darkness just the same. We are all seeking to escape the world’s corruption and its impact on our hearts and minds. (If we were in a public setting together I would instruct anyone who wants darkness out of their lives to raise their hands. I am positive that every hand would go up). It’s a part of our human nature to fight corruption…just take a look at your favorite movies and their story lines.
I have some great news for you. God’s divine power has given us the FULL ABILITY to overcome this darkness! Did you catch that in those two verses? “These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires” (v 4b). He has promised us fresh, new, and eternal life through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. That is the promise. We will escape darkness.
God has given us everything we need to live a Godly life (It says right there! Read the verse again.)—We lack no tool or compass! All that is needed has been given to us. We have resources and promises. One of those promises is the Holy Spirit and its presence at work in us today. Another resource is the Holy Bible. God has given us his word that it might be stored up within our hearts and aid us in living this Godly life. We use his word and the power of prayer to fight against corruption. We study Jesus Christ’s life as an example of overcoming the ultimate darkness. Are you taking advantage of all that God has given you to pursue this Godly lifestyle?
Not only do we have power and resources to escape the darkness, but we are also honored with the ability to participate in God’s divinity! He is choosing to share his glory with us… for the sake that we might participate in the divine nature. We are not just bystanders, but participators! This does not mean we sit back and watch God work. This does not mean we only seek him when handing off requests. This means that we are given a certain responsibility as an active participant in God’s glory. Are you living your life as an active participant for God’s glory? How is it that we can do more to participate in the divine nature, rather than encouraging and continuing in the world’s corruption?
Devotional written by Heather Christy. Graphic designed by Daniel Christy.