Peter, A Breath of Fresh Air
The other day, while driving to a grandson’s ballgame in a small town, we saw a man feverishly mowing his country lot. There was threat of rain that evening, so we could feel the urgency of his mowing. This mundane task caught our attention because of how he mowed. There were stacks of junk all over the yard. He quickly mowed all around them. The grass and weeds were tall around the junk where the mower would not reach. I suppose he would come back and weed wack around the junk. Then I had another thought…how about getting rid of the junk? Mm. It would make mowing a lot easier, wouldn’t it?
Do we mow around the junk that piles up in our lives? Do we even spruce up our junk by trimming around it, planting flowers in front of it, just to make our junk look better to others? Guess what? God knows it’s still junk. Let it go, says Peter, you have a new life! Your old life has been wiped off the books. Don’t let the junk of sin lay around with grasses and weeds growing up around it. Get rid of it. Our landscape to God’s beauty will be seen much clearer and in focus. We will get to know God more intimately! Yes, replace the junk of selfishness with ___________________. Peter fills in the blank…read on.
2 Peter 1, The Message
1-2 I, Simon Peter, am a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ. I write this to you whose experience with God is as life-changing as ours, all due to our God’s straight dealing and the intervention of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to you many times over as you deepen in your experience with God and Jesus, our Master.
Don’t Put It Off
3-4 Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.
5-9 So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.
10-11 So, friends, confirm God’s invitation to you, his choice of you. Don’t put it off; do it now. Do this, and you’ll have your life on a firm footing, the streets paved and the way wide open into the eternal kingdom of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Dear Heavenly Father, We all have junk in our lives that needs to be gone. Help us to rid our hearts and minds of all of it so that we see, hear and feel You more intimately still. Thank you for your Word that teaches and disciplines us. In Jesus Name, Amen