God’s divine power has given us everything we need to live a truly religious life through our knowledge of the one who called us to share in his own glory and goodness. In this way he has given us the very great and precious gifts he promised, so that by means of these gifts you may escape from the destructive lust that is in this world, and may come to share the divine nature. (verses 3,4)
Read 2 Peter 1:1-11
At my Queensland home there is a frangipani tree growing from under the eaves of an open carport. Poor tree. It is cumbered because of its position, yet it has managed to twist, turn and reach towards the light.
The jacaranda on the fence line is huge of trunk and limb, strong and leafy, a joy to behold, useful to lizards, insects, bird life. It’s well rooted and grounded and in no way restricted in growth.
You could imagine that I favour the jacaranda. Not so. Both trees have everything they need to grow: soil, light, moisture. Each has its unique place, purpose and beauty. They both are a tribute to their Creator, whose divine power has ‘bestowed on them everything necessary for life’.
No matter if you are a frangipani twisting and turning along life’s way or a magnificent Jacaranda, you have all you need in Christ Jesus. Taking in his light, his creative energy, his nourishing word, you will reflect his glory.
Dear Lord Jesus, you know each twist and turn of my life. Your d1vine power has been given me in my baptism. You are willing to give me all I need to grow and share in your glory and goodness. Amen.
by Eunice Freiberg in ‘Renewed Hope for each Day’ (LCA, Openbook, 2000)
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