I have never drunk coffee in my life. Not even one taste. I am an orange juice guy. Many of my friends and colleagues however, like coffee a lot. They tell me it is critical to the start of their day, the afternoon, and the evening. They drink it while commuting, during appointments, and even before and after they go to the gym. They describe it as helpful, comforting, delicious, relaxing, restful, social, and energizing.
A few of my friends admit that coffee sometimes does not do what they need. Their brain never seems to kick in to gear, and the day seems a bit slower. Was their coffee diluted? Did the roasting process somehow get interrupted and cause a weaker product?
I am glad that God is never that way. Scripture says that He is consistent in character, word, and deed. He is able to meet each of us where we are and help us get what we need to function properly. Unlike a coffee that’s not full enough, strong enough, or good enough, God is described by one of the early followers of Jesus as One who made it possible for all of us to reach our full God-breathed potential.
Read 2 Peter 1:3-10. Read verses 3-4 out loud…inserting your name, ”His divine power has given ME everything I need for life and godliness…” The apostle Peter states that God has made His resources available in order for us to live like He intended. God has made it possible “through His precious promises” for each of us to become like Him and escape from worldly corruption.
God has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness. God’s strength and power are accessible each day. How are you drawing on His resources? How is your faith developing? Which of the characteristics described in v 5-8 are in “increasing” evidence in your life? Scripture says that as you rely on Him and walk in obedience, His Spirit keeps you from sin and empowers you to live a Christ-centered and honoring life.
Just as your coffee does not make itself (someone has to grind the beans, fill the pot with water, and tend to it), God expects you and me to do some things for our selves.
Peter is right in declaring that God empowers us to lead godly lives. He also gives us the responsibility to learn, apply what we know, and grow to be like Him. Peter wrote in v 5-8 that we add to our faith…a list of impressive traits through action. But notice the list of qualities that emerge: goodness, spiritual knowledge (i.e., insight/understanding), self-control (i.e., discipline), perseverance, godliness, kindness, and love.
That list of virtues will produce a well-rounded, fruitful, Christian person. They all fit together, multiplying the effects of each other as you develop a lifestyle more resembling Jesus, your Savior and Lord. But note the warning of verse 9 about being blind…
Think theologically. How are you utilizing God’s resources to live out the faith He deposited in you? Where do you see God’s hand at work in your life conforming you to His image? God fills your cup with His power and love. Will you pursue this kind of growth? Care for a cup of coffee (or an orange juice) while you ponder your answer?
Love is a verb,