Here we are, resuming “StartEnd The WorkWeek with the MASTER.” It is my desire that the Lord God is praised in and through StartEnd The WorkWeek with the MASTER. It is also my desire that you are strengthened during this and each work week. I encourage you to invite others to be a part of this devotional journey. Go ahead, and they will be included on this mailing list. As this is our first, it will be a little longer. May the Lord bless you and all yours and may you find nourishment in this biweekly devotions.
It is a New Year and so I ask you, “How do you want to proceed?” The voyage has already begun but the question is, how are you equipped? Or, what are you carrying, burdens for tools? Let me frame it another way: “How did you travel last year?” Are you starting your week, the New Year with the MASTER? By the way, there is also the spiritual journey that, as a child of God, you have to take or be a part of. How is it going? As Christians, you and I are on a dual journey: the physical and the spiritual. I have some words to equip and strengthen you for this week, for 2014, and beyond.
Peter says in his Second Epistle that God’s great power has given you, us everything that we need (2 Peter 1:3). Because of His glory and goodness, God has given to each one of us exceedingly great and precious promises (2 Peter 1:4). Why? So that we will be part of God, partakers of God’s divine nature. Unbelievable, huh? But it is true. That is not all! There is even more.
By God’s good grace, we have been able to escape so many ills, temptations and the corruption that is in our world because of man’s sinful desires. We have been able to overcome last year’s and previous years’ corruption. So then and for this very reason, we have to make a commitment. What do I mean?
This week is starting, 2014 is unfolding and as it does, make every effort to:
1. supplement your faith with virtue (i.e. excellence), v.5;
2. and add to this virtue, knowledge, v.5;
3. and to knowledge, self-control, v.6;
4. and to self-control, perseverance (i.e. steadfastness), v.6;
5. and to perseverance (i.e. steadfastness), godliness, v.6;
6. and to godliness, brotherly affection, v. 7;
7. and to brotherly affection, love, v.7.
You see, the above is saying that to go through this day, this week, next week, next month, this year and the next, and so on, you need to add the above list of seven to your character traits simply because God, in “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,” and He has done so “through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises,” vv.3-4.
Know something? Peter tells us that if you have these qualities and if they are increasing, they will keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (v.8). After all, the Holy Spirit says that “For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins,” (v.9) Is that referring to you? Is that how you want to be described, “blind?” I do not think so.
So then beloved in the Lord, as we continue this week and year, like Peter, I encourage you in one thing: “be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall,” (v.10).
I find it very amazing and I am grateful to God who says that if you do these things, you will never stumble (v.10). That is not all, because Peter adds (v.11, which says), that “For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
As a child of God and a brother in the Lord, my work is cut out for me 12Therefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things (these qualities), though you know them.” I am doing so to ensure that you are ”established in the present truth. 13Yea, I think it is right, as long as I am in this body, (as long as I sit here typing this message of encouragement) to stir you up by putting you in remembrance.” How do you want to walk this week? This 2014? And with whom? Walk with the MASTER. Allow Him to lead you this week and all of 2014. May the Lord bless you and all yours.
Proposed prayer: “Heavenly Father, as this New Year unfolds, may Your grace accompany. I need Your presence all the way. Please help me to be excellent in all my ways. I know with the power of the Holy Spirit, I am more than a conqueror. Most of all, be elevated in all that I do. Set the pace for me this week and help me to follow what You have modeled for me in Your Word. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Have a blessed work-week.