As Christian’s we are constantly growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). This is our calling from God as believers. 2 Peter is warming the people of the evils of this world, and stating that we must stand firm in what the Lord is teaching us. Peter lays this fact before his audience when he states the purpose of his letter in 2 Peter 3:2 “that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandments of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. The Word also reminds us in Hebrews 12:1-3 to throw off anything that hinders us and run with perseverance! Jesus is the example we are to follow, looking at Him, his suffering, and realizing that our lives will never get to that degree of hostility or rejection. This alone gives us the assurance that we can and must set our minds to be diligent when it comes to the Word of God. Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith; He is with us every step of the way! We have a Bible full of stories of those who have gone before us, showing us that we can and must persevere in our faith. Our obedience to God comes from a heart that learns to long for and that wants to please him more and more. He has washed our sins away by his blood and now calls us to relationship with Him and the Father through the guidance of the Holy Spirit in His Word to come and meet with Him, to learn his ways, to experience his goodness, faithfulness and love. This is a life-long process. I used to mentally beat myself up because I wasn’t where I wanted to be with the Lord, or maybe where I thought I should be. I was seeking, but never seemed to grasp the wholeness of his truth at times. There were times when His Word would seem void, and other times it would illuminate and bring great revelation. I never liked the times of when He seemed silent, and I always thought I was doing something wrong. But it was the Lord trying to remind me that He will bring about the revelation he wants me to know in his perfect time; Hebrews 12:2 fits in here as well, as I am probably being somewhat redundant making my own point. Jesus continually reminds me of the journey, and that there are many life lessons that I am learning as I strive to seek to know Him more and that He is fitting all of this together like puzzle pieces to help me better understand what He wants to teach me. Maybe He is testing my perseverance? Checking to see if I am going to hold on even when He seems far away? How could I not? Even when I start looking around, He continually nudges me back to Him and His truth. It’s all just part of the journey again; doing my part and letting Him do His. This morning He brought it home to me with a simple illustration of being washed by the Word. The word-picture he gave is of one taking a shower and getting their physical bodies cleaned. It’s what we do because if we don’t we will smell really bad and people will not want to associate with us for very long. But we are more than just a fleshly body; we have a mind and a spirit that is actively working within us. , The Word of God truly is living water that never runs dry!! The More we call to Him, the closer He comes! Here are just a few scriptures that the Lord has been pointing out to me. Again, the Word of God is overflowing with so much truth we will never be able to know it all in its fullness. So as I am reminded of that fact today, May the Word of God encourage you to continually to seek the Lord right now at this very point of your own journey, even if He may seem far, remember, He is always with us; He will never leave us or forsake us!
Romans 12:2 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Phil.4:8 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
John 17:17 (NLT) 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.
Ephesians 5:26 (NLT) 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.