2 Peter 1:2-15

            I will admit that I am not much of a cat person.  I especially do not care for housecats.  I personally think their nocturnal behavior is creepy.  What is more, they get spoiled and finicky quite easily.  Some cats can get so fat and sassy that they turn up their nose on food that I would like to eat myself.  Yet, just as easily as a housecat can take for granted all she has, we as believers can far too easily lose sight of the incredible grace that we possess in Jesus Christ.
            Today’s New Testament lesson is meant to be a wake-up call to be reminded of how good we really have it.  God has given us his very great and precious promises.  He has given us everything we need for life and godliness for this present time.  And, yet, like a housecat sticking up her nose, we do not feed upon the grace that has been given to us.
            We need to come to our senses and make every effort to supplement our faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, steadfastness with godliness and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  This is how we make our calling and election sure.  We are to recall these things on a continual basis so as to not become fat and sassy Christians only showing up when we want something from our owner.
            Instead, be a dog person.  Have unbounded joy when God shows up.  Lay at the Master’s feet.  Eat whatever is put in front of you with happy abandon.  Anticipate the delight of walking alongside the owner as you stroll together through the neighborhood of life.
            Do not just pass over these wonderful verses today.  Read them over several times.  Drink them in and feed on them.  Savor the words of Holy Scripture.  Let the Holy Spirit teach you.  Enjoy Jesus today, my friend.


            Gracious God, thank you for giving me everything I need for life in this old world.  Your divine power is all I need.  I lack nothing in you.  I only ask that you help to live into the grace you have already given so that I can be effective in my Christian life for Jesus Christ, my Lord.  Amen.

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