March 19, 2017 by directorfsm
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ]English Standard Version (ESV)
by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire 2 Peter 1:4 (ESV)
Patient Father, the “farther up and further in” I go into the gospel, the more you challenge and change the way I think about everything. It’s another kind example of your commitment to complete the good work you’ve begun in your children and in the entire creation. At times this process is quite painful, but it’s always about more glory for you and more Christlikeness in us. We praise you for the perfection of your plan and the persistence of your heart.
Recently I’ve been thinking about your promises, so generously and copiously given in your Word. I now see, and grieve, how as a young follower of Jesus, I was pretty much trained to be a computer programmer, and you were the computer. I acted as though you were passively waiting for me to tell you what to do. Your hands were bound by the limitations of my faith. All I had to do was “claim the promises” without negative thoughts or a wavering will, and you would spring to action.
I confess and repent of my cynicism, but you know how long this way sounded really good to me. Thankfully, I now see that your promises are primarily about changing us, not programming you. Through your promises, we increasingly share in your divine nature— that is, you’re making us more and more like Jesus. By your promises, we can escape the corruption in the world, not simply accumulate more of its treasures.
Father, every one of your promises directs our gaze away from us to Jesus, who is the ultimate “Yes!” to every promise you’ve made (2 Cor. 1: 20). Oh, the difference the gospel makes in how we view all things. We don’t claim your promises— they claim us! If we’re going to “name and claim” anything, may it be to have greater passion for your glory. May our “standing on your promises” lead to living under your authority and serving well in your kingdom until Jesus returns. We pray in Jesus’ triumphant and transforming name. Amen.