2 Peter 3:18 Keep On Growing

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

Peter finishes out his letter talking about the soon return of Jesus. He gives a few warnings about staying in Jesus and not falling away before He returns. The final thing he says is to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Growth is something that brings life. Without growth, there will be stagnation and eventually death. There is no life where there is no growth.

If a little child was to suddenly stop growing, there would be cause for concern. Parents would take the child to the doctor to find out why the growing had stopped. Was proper nutrition given the child? Was proper shelter provided? Is there something physically wrong in the body causing the stop?

Many people once they get to adult age stop growing. They no longer want to learn or become better. Physical growth does stop at some point for everyone, but they can still keep growing mentally, spiritually and emotionally.

Believers can also stop growing. They get to a certain place in life and feel like they have achieved it. Many feel like they are as close to God as they will ever be able to get. Others are led by the deception of the world saying they don’t need to get any closer to God.

Take a look at your whole life, every aspect of it. Does it look exactly like Jesus? Do you go through life each and every day never making any mistake, always doing what God wants in every situation?

If you cannot honestly say your life is a perfect image of Jesus, then you have room to grow. Growing in the knowledge of Jesus is learning how He does things, and what He says. Growing in His grace is learning to trust Him to make you like Him, knowing that you will never deserve any of His blessings.

Seek God and find out where you can continue to grow. Do not allow yourself to be walking dead. Don’t allow yourself to die while living. Grow to be more like Jesus so that you will be ready for Him when He returns.

I pray today that God will show you ways to grow more like Jesus; that God will fill you with His grace and mercy; that you will know Jesus more and more; and that Jesus will receive all the glory.

2 Peter 3:9 Not Slow But Patient

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

Peter had written this letter within twenty to thirty years after Jesus ascended into heaven and had stated He would return soon. People were already questioning His return. They were probably saying that He was being slow in keeping His promise to return.

It is now nearly two-thousand years later, and people are still saying the same thing. Or others are saying that He was a liar and is not returning. However, Jesus is not a liar, nor is He slow. Jesus is being patient.

The entire purpose of His being patient is to give more people a chance to follow Him and be saved. The longer Jesus waits, the more believers can tell others about Him, and the more others can choose to follow Him. Think about it for a moment, if Jesus had returned even within the first hundred years of His leaving, you would not be here, nor would you have had a chance to be saved.

Nearly every believer is anxious for Jesus to return. They want to get away from all the sin and troubles of this world and get into heaven. They want to be with God for eternity. This is understandable, but it is also selfish.

What about the other people who do not know Jesus yet as their personal Lord and Savior?

Every believer knows some to many people who do not believe in Jesus. You probably could count at least a hundred people you know who do not know Jesus yet, and you probably have met many more just in this last year.

Do you really want Jesus to return today and they get sent to hell because they do not know Him?

Keep that in mind as you desire for Jesus to return. Take time today to tell someone about Jesus. Give someone a chance to know Him and be saved. It is for this reason that Jesus has not returned yet.

I pray today that God will reveal His patience to you; that you will have God’s patience; that you will tell others about Jesus daily; that you will repent and believe in Jesus; and that God will draw many to Him through you.

2 Peter 2:19 Promised False Freedom

“They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity–for ‘people are slaves to whatever has mastered them’.” 2 Peter 2:19

Peter had just described people of the world. They are people who live in sin and boast about it. As they live in that sin, they also try to get believers to follow their ways.

People of the world are always promising freedom. They want freedom to do whatever they want, when they want and how they want. Rules are made to attempt to bring freedom and protect other people’s freedoms.

However, many of these rules are ones of depravity, promoting sin and slavery rather than true freedom. Whatever or whoever controls you is your master. This goes against the mindset of many people. Most people like to think that they are not a slave to anyone or anything.

Many people say that they have to live a certain way. That they cannot help being the type of person they are, it is just who they are. It may be that they are an alcoholic, or a drug addict, or a gossip, or an angry person, or a liar, or something else. Regardless of what they are, often it is a sinful, selfish way of living. If a person has to live in a sinful way, then he is a slave to that sin.

As a believer, you should be only a slave to Jesus. Do not allow yourself to be mastered by other people or things. The things of this world will lead you on a path of destruction. Although the world promises freedom, it is most often slavery to sin. This type of slavery will bring about destruction and death.

Slavery to Jesus will bring you life and wholeness. God will always guide you in the correct path, the best way possible.

Are you willing to trust God with your entire life? Will you let God be your master?

Or will you go back to the world and allow sin to be your master?

Choose life today and you will have true freedom, not the false freedom that the world offers.

I pray today that you will know the freedom that Jesus offers; that you will trust God with your life; that you will allow yourself to be a slave to God; and that you will allow God to break the chains of slavery to the world in your life.

2 Peter 2:9 Rescue Or Punishment

“If this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.” 1 Peter 2:9

Peter has just stated how God had saved Noah from death as He destroyed the world by a flood, and how God saved Lot from destruction as He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Now he states that if God can do those things then, He can still do it today.

Think about what Noah and Lot had gone through. Imagine what it must have been like to see everyone destroyed right before your eyes. Everything you knew was destroyed, including your home. Your entire past was just wiped away before you.

Prior to talking about how God had saved Noah and Lot, Peter had talked about false prophets in this world. People living to please themselves. They may seem to be getting away with living that way right now, but God has a plan of judgment on them some day.

Although several thousand years have passed, things have not changed a whole lot, other than technology and the number of people. People still live in sin and promote sinful lifestyles. As a believer you may look at all of this and think they are getting away with it.

As the people are living in sin and promoting it, they seem to be prospering. Yet, God is storing up a day when He will bring judgment upon them for their sins.

Some of those judgments may start in this life. God promised never to flood the entire earth again, but He did not promise that there would not be other disasters. In life there are times of great disasters that come up on individuals, cities, states, or nations. These can be judgments upon the people by God.

As a believer you do not need to fear these judgments or trials. Trust God and follow Him in and through them. God knows how to protect you in the judgments.

Are you trusting in Jesus and following Him with your whole life? If you are, then God will be with you and save you in the end.

If not, beware that His judgment will come some day.

I pray today that you will believe and follow Jesus with your whole life; that you will not fear disasters that happen; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will not fear when the ungodly prosper; and that God will help you be His witness.

2 Peter 1:12 A Good Reminder

“So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.” 2 Peter 1:12

Peter had just finished telling the people to live godly, productive life. They were to continue to make sure their salvation was sure. Living like this meant they had to stay away from sin and grow in love towards God and others. If they kept their focus on these things they would enter heaven some day. Now he tells them he reminded them of these things, even though they already knew it.

People need to be reminded of things on a regular basis. It is easy to forget things in the busyness of life. Life gets a person busy doing many different things. There are so many things to remember: pay the bills, get to work on time, plan the supper meal, clean the house, put gas in the car, get groceries, empty the trash, go to a child’s event, and the list goes on and on.

How many times do you forget little things throughout the day? At the end of the day as you go to bed, suddenly you remember you forgot to do something earlier that day.

There are many things used to remind people of what needs to be done. Planning calendars, notebooks, little sticky notes, ring reminders on the phone, and other ways of reminding. This needs to be done because people forget very quickly.

Think about how many billions of dollars are spent every year on advertisement on television trying to remind people of products. This needs to be done to keep the sales up.

As a believer you may know all the basics of following Jesus. You may know more advanced thoughts on Jesus and God’s Word. You know that you should stay away from sin and live in love. Yet, how many times do you forget these little things and step out of God’s will and into sin?

Create daily reminders, or even hourly, to keep your focus on Jesus and His Word. Constantly remind yourself to live for God in His way. Do not let yourself forget what Jesus has done for you and in you. Someday we will be able to meet in heaven if we continue to live for God today.

I pray today that God will remind you of all He has done for you; that you will remember all the Words God has given you; that God will help you keep your focus on Him; and that you will not forget why you are following Jesus.