Scripture:God’s divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature. Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble. For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you. (2 Peter 1:3-4, 10-11)
Reflection:The Second Letter of Peter is best described as an essay or literary letter focused on previous faith as a gift from God. Faith, trust, enables the believer to navigate through this world to the world beyond death. The author identifies two blessings for which his readers should praise God in this life. The first blessing is God’s gift of everything that is needed for life and godliness. This blessing has been bestowed through knowing about Jesus’s glory and goodness. The second blessing is God’s precious and very great promises. This blessing enables the believer one day to escape the sin of this world and enter into eternal life in the world to come.
Every day the believer confirms his or her call and election by continuing the process of faith. The call is confirmed through the scriptures that often, like a bullet, hits the reader between the eyes and challenges him or her to further growth. One’s call is confirmed through the words of another, no matter if they are written, emailed, or spoken. A serendipitous event that welds together several things for a new insight can confirm one’s call. It is God who calls people out of human corruption to participate in the divine nature.
The goal of a spirituality of mission is always the eternal kingdom of Jesus Christ. Spirituality dictates the ways of getting there. Mission is the movement toward there. That is why a spirituality of mission involves finding others and sharing the good news of the blessings God has given for life and godliness along with his precious and great promises. If such faith is supported “with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love,” (2 Peter 1:5-7), believers will be effective and fruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and they will have their call confirmed to the Heavenly kingdom.
Journal/Meditation: How have you had your call confirmed?
Prayer:Almighty God, you have given everything needed for life and godliness through your Son, and promised participation in your own divine nature to those who confirm your call through their holy way of life. Grant that I may one day enter the eternal kingdom of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.