LIFE OF EXPLOIT
“Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ” 2 PETER 1:1
The focus of our meditation yesterday was to explain what Peter meant when he described himself as a bondservant of Christ. We are returning to this verse again today for a different emphasis. Peter addressed his letter to those “who have obtained like precious faith” as they had. That covers believers of all generations. Peter is saying here that the faith which he and those of his generation got is not different from what any other believer has. That raises a question? If we have what they had, why are we not producing results like they did? The simple answer is in knowing that though the content is the same, the carriers or the containers are different.
Let us x-ray the life of Peter for example. He was the one who told the Lord that they had forsaken all to follow Him. He was the one who promised never to abandon Him; and even when he retreated temporarily he returned repentant never to look back again. He was the one who pledged that they would give themselves to prayer and the word perpetually. Peter was beaten and sent to jail a couple of times. He was later crucified. Tradition actually says he requested to be crucified upside down, deeming himself unworthy to stand in the same pattern that Jesus had been crucified. Here is the point: whereas we have as precious a faith as what Peter got, we do not have as passionate a heart as he had towards the Lord. When unfettered affection and devotion is added to our faith, we also will enter a life of exploit.
FURTHER STUDY: TITUS 2:6-14
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, create in me an undying passion for the Lord.