“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 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.” (1 Peter 5:8-11)
What an incredible statement Peter makes: God has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him! Every day we are bombarded with messages intended to convince us that to live a good life we need whatever is being sold. Yet what God considers good is infinitely better than what we consider good. His Word tells us that meaningful and abundant life does not come from belongings or creature comforts, but from belonging to Him and sharing His comfort with the world! In Christ we have been saved and set apart to make known God’s loving nature; so, meaningful life comes from taking on His character and making Him known!
“Heavenly Father, save us from deceptive and distracting fantasy worlds; give us discernment to understand the value of Your salvation and the power of sharing your love with others, in Jesus’ name, amen.”
WHILE ON VACATION…
Three contractors were visiting a tourist attraction on the same day.
One was from New York, another from Texas, and the third from Florida.
At the front desk, a manager asked them what they did for a living.
When they all replied that they were contractors, he said, “Really?”
We need a fence redone. Why don't you guys take a look and give me bids?"
So they all went to check the broken section of fence.
First to step up was the Florida contractor.
He took out his tape measure and pencil, did some measuring and said,
"Well, the job will run $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew, and $100 for me."
Next was the Texas contractor. He also took out his tape measure and pencil.
After some quick figuring he said, "Looks like I can do this job for $700:
$300 for materials, $300 for my crew, and $100 profit for me."
Without so much as moving, the New York contractor said, "$2,700."
The manager, incredulous, looked at him and said, "You didn't even measure it!”
“How did you come up with such a high figure?"
"Easy," he said, "$1,000 for me, $1,000 for you and we hire the guy from Texas."
The Lord guide you into goodness this week!
As Pastor at Pilgrim, Kirk is fueled by a passion for God's Word and a lot of good coffee.