Our scripture this morning is 2 Peter 1:8-15.
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.
Peter encourages us to continue our growth in faith and in our knowledge and love of Jesus. He warns that those who do not are “nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins” (v. 9). God has given us a wonderful gift – Jesus is our savior and our example.
Peter also reminds us through his own example that this life is temporary and that we must be preparing for life eternal. He had difficulty growing in faith, even with Jesus as his teacher. This is why he tells us “I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body”, (v. 13), that faith is something we must grow in continually.
Who are the examples of faith in your life? Who looks to you as a faith example? Like Peter, we must ensure that the faith Christ leads us to is passed to everyone around us, that all may know God’s love.
Gracious God, thank You for our example and Savior, Jesus Christ. As we celebrate His coming to be one of us, may we follow where He leads, sharing the joy of salvation and our connection to You with all the world. Amen.