Daily Devotion - December 29, 2020 - Confirmed as Chosen

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – December 29, 2020
Reading:
2 Peter 1:3-11
Weekly Theme: Chosen to Be God’s Children
Today: Confirmed as Chosen

Several years ago, I wanted a retro looking bike like the one I had as a young teenager. A Schwinn bike with wide tires and a big seat... very classic looking. And I received one as a gift for my birthday. Initially I used the bike and road it in my neighborhood but over time, the novelty wore off; the tires flattened, and the wheel rims and other parts of the bike began to rust. Not too long ago, I went into the shed to get a tool and there was my bike... rusted after years of neglect and not being used. A perfectly wonderful gift that I had received from my husband, but because I had not attended to the gift I was given, after many years of neglect, it was in need of much repair.

Today’s passage reminds me in a way of my bike. We are all offered the gift of God’s grace through the offering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. John 3:16-17 tells us that that God loved the world so much that he sent us Jesus so that WHOEVER believes shall not perish but have everlasting life and that Jesus came to save the world and not to condemn it. Once we accept this gift of grace, God’s divine power gives us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of God ( 2 Pet. 1:3). By the knowledge bestowed upon us by the Holy Spirit of God, we should make every effort to add to our faith (our belief) these things: goodness, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love. We are given the gift of salvation through God’s grace and by God’s divine power (the Holy Spirit) but we must not be neglectful in the way that we respond to God’s gift. Through the Holy Spirit we are given the knowledge on how we are to respond with goodness, self-control, perseverance, godliness, affection, and love. When we neglect to respond in this way, then we become rusty in acknowledging our belief in Christ. Our actions are not reflecting that we have received God’s gift of grace.

Back to my story about my bike... when I first received it as a gift, I rode it and kept air in the tires and benefitted from it. But after a year or so, it became a fixture on my deck that was exposed to rain, sun and wind, and overtime, it was not functional without some repair work and without attention... attention which should have been given to it all along. In the same manner, our “chosen-ness” is a gift made available to all who receive it...the gift of God’s salvation and grace. God gives us all we need for a godly life, but our response in nuturing our faith is up to us. To grow in our relationship with the One who chose us, we must respond to the knowledge and grace that is extended by the Holy Spirit. It is through this response that our faith is affirmed and confirmed and that we are to live out a life of holiness that ultimately leads to mutual affection and love. The gift of salvation is free and available to all. When we respond by allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us with knowledge and faith, we will see all the fruitfulness God desires for us that manifests itself in love.

Dear God, thank you for your grace and salvation through Jesus. Help us to embrace our chosen-ness and be confirmed and affirmed by responding to your love with faith that you are the source of all we need to live a holy life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 
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