2 Peter 1:1-11
Monday, 4 April 2021
“These are the qualities you need, and if you have them in abundance, they will make you active and effective in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” -2 Peter 1:8
For every work, profession or service carried out by humanity on earth, certain qualities and criteria are needed in order to effectively deliver the required results. Doctors, Accountants Engineers etc., need to study to possess qualities that match their professions. In the same way, God’s servant and children called to serve in his Kingdom are charged with the same expectation. To effectively deliver our Lord and Master’s desire, there are certain qualities that are needed for the Lord’s service to the glory of His name. In the secular world, we write applications to secure a Job by virtue of our profession and qualifications, but in God’s service, we enrol by making ourselves available with simple humility as we hear and heed to His call for service in His kingdom.
2 Peter 1: 3 [NLT] says: “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to himself by means of His marvellous glory and excellence.” Getting to know the Lord better is the secret! God our creator knowing each of us and our abilities have given us the very great and precious gifts He promised so that we can escape from the destructive lust that is in the world, and come to share in the divine nature and fellowship in His kingdom. In order to effectively create an impact in the Lord’s kingdom service, there is a strong need for divine qualities such as Love, Goodness, Faith, Endurance, Patience and Self-control. When these qualities are in place in our vessels, they will cause us to effectively handle the Word of our Master, impact and liberate lives positively and above all be approved by the Lord.
The absence of these Kingdom qualities will eventually subject us to short-sightedness in God’s service and vineyard. That means we need to do everything possible to desire, nurture and maintain these qualities for Kingdom service. When we lose sight of them, we are easily led to abandoning our faith and will go astray.
God so loves us that He has given us the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (The BIBLE). All we need to know and understand about service in His kingdom is engulfed in this one manual of life on earth. So we need to give due diligence to make our election and calling sure, by keeping ourselves deeply rooted in His word and being of service in His vineyard. This will eventually usher us and give us the full right to enter into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to whom be glory forever and ever!
We do not own ourselves; we are bought at a price and therefore need to glorify God in our body, soul and spirit. We need to depend obediently on Him and His divine qualities for kingdom service for the glory of His name. To Him and to this end we always need to pledge our allegiance.
Lord Almighty, help me to cherish and maintain
Your divine qualities for service in Your vineyard
and be effective in Your Kingdom.