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Check out my teensy weensy post on 2 Peter 1:3-4 about, of all things…aliens. Happy day to you!

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Prone to laziness when it comes to growing in faith? Read 2 Peter and you just might get a good swift kick in the booty:

For whoever lacks (growing in the listed godly qualities), is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins (2 Pet 1:9).

Lesson for today:

having forgotten: lambano lethe

This is no ordinary forgetfulness; this is proactive forgetfulness. It literally means to look upon any one’s power (in this case God’s), to consider it, and then neglect it. Peter’s not talking about those who just plain don’t want to know about God…he’s talking about those who’ve already tasted and “known the way of righteousness (2 Pet 2:21).”  Lambano lethe means “to take up and carry” forgetfulness, “to not refuse” to forget, “to choose” to forget.

For those called to share in the divine (2 Pet 1:3-4), that means forgetting & neglecting the divine power of our salvation. It means to add to our repertoire of knowledge as we go to church and conveniently forget to allow that knowledge to be effective and fruitful in our hearts. So…maybe it’s not so much that we’re always prone to laziness, but perhaps, if we’re honest, we’re really more prone to forgetting.

For me it means to forget to make my one interest in life to become more like Christ by seeking after any activity that will keep me from living out this very purpose: to put off the pouring out of my soul in prayer with my Abba Father until another day, read God’s Word but delay engaging it, waste hours of my time discussing the health benefits of raw milk and the horrors of high fructose corn syrup, spend volumes of brain power pondering how I can make my house look “just a little nicer”, look at scorn upon another woman’s perfectly clean home, well-made bed and perfectly decorated everything, add to my reading list of “knowledge-worthy” books, neglect dealing with the those nagging things in the depths of my soul that I’ve noticed for years, relish in praise, attempt to be more comfortable in this life, and simply just “fit in” a little more in this world.

What does it mean for you?

Bottom line? I’d say I’m to be exerting all my interests and all my efforts into looking more like the native of heaven that I really am, rather than putting it off and forgetting about it.

…make every effort to supplement your faith…be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure…(2 Pet 1:5, 10)

Because why? Because growing in godliness enables me to stand firm in this life, Peter tells me…in the midst of personal trials and suffering, while false prophets rise up around me, as I see others enslaved by sin, while I watch the wrongful & unjust suffering in others’ lives, as people engage in active sinfulness, and while I see some of my fellow Kingdom-natives enjoy the ‘freedoms’ of the flesh & start backsliding. And if I really, truly want to stand firm, for all of my days, with my whole heart, with my eyes on Him and Him alone, despite all these things that will go on around me…which I so wholeheartedly, down in my deepest gut do…I’ll submit to the calling that God has placed over me: the call to His own glory and excellence. It is the call to escape the corruption in the world and grow more and more to be what He has told me I am: a sharer of the divine nature. I’ll allow Him to transform me. But not only will I allow it, I’ll seek after it with all earnestness and diligence and striving. I’ll seek after godliness, and in so doing, I won’t fall away.

For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ…for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. (2 Pet 1:8, 10)

Prone to laziness when it comes to growing in faith? Prone to forgetting to actually grow? Read 2 Peter and yes, you just might get a good swift kick in the booty. But you’ll also get the sweet assurance and hope that there is a good and beautiful purpose for that little kick; a fruit-bearing, incredibly effective, steadfast and firm standing purpose. We’re made of different stuff; we’re made of the divine. Let’s be brave and bold to remember that, and to grow. Mercifully, astoundingly, we have His incredibly precious and very great promises and His divine power to help us.

 

 

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