His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness
our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3
On a recent bicycle ride to the beach I was mulling over todayís Bible verse. Peddling along I spotted a perfectly formed, miniature coconut seed lying in the middle of the path. I stopped to pick it up. Holding it, I thought of its potential. God had created it with the appropriate DNA; it contained everything it needed to grow and mature into a beautiful coconut palm tree. I marveled as I realized the seed illustrated the verse! Godís children have been given everything we needóin Christófor life and godliness.
Godliness is the outward evidence of Godís Spirit working in and through our lives. Yet the verse says godliness comes through our knowledge of him. And Titus 1:1 says, it is
. . .the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness. But does this mean only astute Bible students can be godly? Absolutely not. Because when we trust in Jesus, the Bible
says we are given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). And Colossians 2:3 says,
In him [Jesus] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
But this doesnít mean we abandon learning about our faith or growing up in Christ. On the contrary, we are told to
study to show ourselves approved by God, workers who do not need to be ashamed (2 Timothy 2:15).
The coconut seed presents a warning too. It had
become disconnected from its life source, most likely as a result of
heavy winds. It would not become a tree. However, even though Godís
children may be blown and tossed about by the winds of life, we cannot
be disconnected from our Life Source! The Bible says, If you
belong to Christ, then you are Abrahamís seed, and heirs according
to the promise (Galatians 3:29). Even so, if we do not
nurture our faith, studying to show ourselves approved by God, then we
wonít grow and mature to become the beautiful person God intended
for our lives!
Prayer: Dear Father God, thank you for being my Source of Life
and godliness, for making known the path of life through your Spirit
and Word. Help me grow to maturity. Fill me with joy as I dwell in
your presence. Amen.