2 Peter 1:1-11
Being a Christian is not something we do, but a free gift from God through Jesus Christ. There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation. As Lutherans we learn this from Scripture: it is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone that salvation is gifted to us. We were dead to our sins and God breathed spiritual life into us. Salvation comes to us from the Lord. But growing as a believer involves the power of the Holy Spirit in us and our personal commitment and discipline to grow.
Peter’s challenge is to “add” Christian virtues to the gift of faith. As an infant grows, so must the believer grow and develop spiritually. Peter lists some of the characteristics and actions that should be a part of the spiritual process for maturing. Thus we have to live a life of discipleship.
Being a Christian is not simply letting go and letting God take over and no action on our part. As Christians, we respond and become active partners in the work of God in the world and in our lives. Thus knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, and godliness are how we serve God and the world today.
Prayer: Father, thank you for making it possible to walk in holiness; in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Dieter Punt, Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Troutman, NC.