Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.
– 2 Peter 1:2-11 NASB (bold print and underlining added)
Yesterday, I gave you a measuring stick, courtesy of the apostle Paul (in Galatians 5:19-23), which you could use to determine the degree to which your daily devotion to Jesus Christ is or isn’t bearing fruit. Here’s another measuring stick, this one from the apostle Peter, which will likewise give you a way of measuring progress in your walk with the Lord.
Unlike the passage from Paul, this one has no list of negative traits. They are all summarized in the one word “lust” – biblically defined as “wanting that which God doesn’t want,” as in:
…to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.
– 1 Peter 4:2 NASB
Make sure you are daily devoted to worshiping and serving Jesus only. That is how you gradually cease to be the person you were and become the person you should be.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord of heaven, I do not have the strength to make myself the person I should be. Teach me how to rely on You for this…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.