July 22, 2016
The Wow! Factor
Last week we enjoyed meeting many people who came to Brantford for our training workshops. Over 40 people came from several different provinces, and traveled hundreds of kilometres to be here. They came from places like Halifax, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Moose Factory. What were they doing? Why would these people travel so far and commit two or even three days to study the Bible? Well, they were being trained and equipped to dig into God’s Word so that they could see truth for themselves, and then effectively pass it on to others. They were being trained to be disciple-makers, using inductive Bible study. But why travel all this way – why the special effort? In 2 Peter 1, we see that it has to do with the awesome nature of the promises and gifts from God our Father and our response to all that He has done for us. It’s the Wow Factor!
What do I mean? Let’s think about what God has given us, as Peter explains it in 2 Peter 1:1-4. His divine power has granted us everything we need for life and godliness. Wow! He has called and chosen us. Wow! He has granted us His precious promises. By so doing, He has enabled us to escape the corruption of the world, and by those same promises, we can become partakers of the divine nature. Wow! God has promised to transform our nature and our character.
But let’s not stop there. Let’s lay those amazing truths alongside verses 5 – 11. “For this very reason,” [because God has done all that], what is my response to be? I need to apply all diligence, or, make every effort. In other words, because of all that God has granted us (v. 3) because of the very nature of our faith (vv. 3-4), and because of all that lies ahead (vv.8-11), our response is a fixed determination and zealous pursuit of godly character through the true knowledge of Christ. We strive with a sense of urgency, expending all our energy, and pressing on to make sure our faith overflows with the character qualities that Peter lists in verses 5-7.
Our Precept friends that came and spent one, two, or three days studying God’s Word are 2 Peter 1 believers. They are pursuing God with all their strength, wrestling with the Word, not letting up until their lives begin to reflect the “moral excellence” of our God. If I find myself growing weary in studying God’s Word, I want to come back to Peter’s reminder to his beloved brethren, and find the motivation to press on in the wonderful promises of our God. What about you? Let’s determine together to make certain of God’s calling and choosing (v.10), so that we do not stumble. What about you? Let’s press on together, paying attention to the “sure, prophetic Word… until the day dawns and the morning star arises in our hearts” (1:19).