This is a prayer I often pray. I know that my life, my ministry, my example is falling far short of the “glorious ideal” that God has in mind for me, so I pray to God to instantly, miraculously redeem me!
This doesn’t always happen, and that’s disappointing. But then God leads me to His word as found in 2 Peter 1:3-8. Here I am reminded that every step of the way salvation is a cooperative effort. God works together with me in the process of making me a “new creation:”
“God’s divine power has given us everything we need to live a truly religious life through our knowledge of the one who called us to share in his own glory and goodness. In this way he has given us the very great and precious gifts he promised, so that by means of these gifts you may escape from the destructive lust that is in the world, and may come to share the divine nature.” (2 Peter 1:3-4, Good News Translation)
Peter reminds us that God makes incredible divine resources available to His children to enable us to become ever more like Jesus! Good News indeed!
But Peter goes on to say that, because we have amazing divine resources available, we need to work hard!
“For this very reason do your best to add goodness to your faith; to your goodness add knowledge; to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add endurance; to your endurance add godliness; to your godliness add Christian affection; and to your Christian affection add love.” (2 Peter 1:5-7, GNT)
These qualities enable us to access and to utilize God’s divine resources and make us, therefore, more and more useable and fruitful in the Lord’s service.
May I echo the words of Peter as an encouragement to us all to cooperate with God by making ourselves more usable; by making it ever more possible to access the divine resources available to make us more Christ-like, by doing our best to be fit instruments available for the Lord’s service:
“These are the qualities you need, and if you have them in abundance, they will make you active and effective in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:8, GNT)
May you be “blessed to be a blessing” as you become ever more active and effective in the Lord’s service!