Closer to God

This week I was challenged by the words of 2 Peter 1:3: “As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life.”  What is this verse telling us about our lives, and how do we live a godly life?

First and foremost we have to know Jesus, and be getting to know him better.  I’ve been friends with some people for a very long time, and I’m still learning new things about them! The great thing about Jesus, God and reading the Bible is that there is always something new to learn or discover.  They never get old, worn out or outdated.  It’s just a matter of learning how it all fits in with our present lives.  So, if you’re not getting to know Jesus better, you’re going to have a hard time living a godly life.

So what has Jesus taught us, and given us, to help us live a godly life?  Some things include:
-forgiveness
-love
-hope
-power
-gifts/purposes
-words
-grace
-others

If we have everything we need, the big question is why don’t we live a godly life?  Although I can’t answer for everyone, a couple of popular answers may be “it’s too hard” “tough choices” “life gets in the way” and “the devil made me do it.”  Are those valid answers? Yes.  But striving to live a godly life brings so many more opportunities and blessings into your life, opportunities and blessings of power, gifts, and eternal futures.

Life is a journey filled with choices at every turn.  God knows that we’re still human as long as we live on this earth and prone to mistakes.  But he also knows that he’s given us the gift of forgiveness for use between people, as well as between God and us.  God’s ready to give us a clean slate for the next leg of our journey, if we commit to making better choices the next time around.

This week I encourage you to make at least one choice each day that will help you live a more godly life.  Maybe you’ll choose to delete that email you’ve been holding on to for a bad day.  Maybe you’ll call your church and tell them you’re ready to lead a small group.  Maybe you’ll go to work and share a kind word with your coworkers.   Whatever you do this week, make it a choice that takes your journey one step closer to God.

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