HOW DO YOU HOLD YOUR FAITH?
I remember a message from church a few years ago. The pastor spoke from 2 Peter 1.1-11 and as usual, one nugget of truth particularly stood out . . . and I’ve carried that thought with me.
Peter was one of Jesus’ closest friends and disciples. He knew that Jesus was the Christ and he walked on water with Jesus. He was even with Jesus on the mountain of transfiguration. He was passionately devoted to Jesus.
Peter was the author of 2 Peter and he wrote to,”those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:“
Those words made me think – I have received a faith as precious as Peter’s faith. I am “on the same level as the author.” *
Yet, Peter calls himself a servant and apostle. As a servant, Peter stresses his submission to God and as an apostle, he stresses his spiritual commission to represent God as His ambassador to the world, delivering his message exactly as God empowered Him. According to verse 1, I have the same faith that empowered Peter in his calling as servant and apostle.
Or do I?
How do I hold my faith? Is my faith precious to me?
Life is relentless in its daily dosage of aches and pains – do I believe in a God who is above every circumstance or trial that I encounter? Does my faith make a difference in my days?
At the time I was writing this blog, my grandson had run into the room and snuggled in beside me. He loves to about my blog so I told him about Peter and his faith. I asked him what “precious” meant to him. Without hesitation, he came up with a great example.
“Lola is my dog and she’s precious to me. That means she’s special. I show her that I love her every day. I pay attention to her. You have to pay attention to your faith.”
I couldn’t have said it any better.
* Perkins, Pheme. First and Second Peter, James and Jude. Louisville, KY: Knox, 1995; p. 167
MAKE A MOMENT TO MUSE
- Think about this – how precious is your faith to you?
- Do you ever take your faith for granted?
- Do you live in a way that shows others that your faith is precious to you?
speak truth: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2.8,9