“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” (2 Peter 1:3 NLT).
I don’t know where that verse has been. Well, actually, it’s always been in 2 Peter, but what I mean is, how could I have missed it? All these years I’ve sweat, worried, and worked my way into a frenzy trying to “do” more and “be” more. But I needn’t have.
Do you see what it says? God has already given us everything we need for living a godly life. Done. Finished. We already have everything we need. We received it as soon as we came to know Christ. We aren’t waiting for a new outpouring.
Does that fill you with hope? It does for me. It means we don’t have to strive for anything. He has already given us everything we need, without us doing one thing more. He loves us that much.
Don’t get me wrong. He wants us to praise Him, worship Him, love Him and share His love with others. He wants the very best for us. But even if we never did one of those things ever again, He has already given us everything. Doesn’t that just make you want to give back? Not because you have to in order to receive, but because you love Him and are thankful for all He has already done and already given.
When was the last time you had a revelation about God’s amazing love for you and His faithfulness to you? I’d love to hear about it.