God has given us everything we need!
In the American Midwest, in the 1980s, it was popular to have circular fridge magnets and pot holders with the word “Tuit” printed on them. Get it? …maybe not.
How many times have we said, “I want to paint the bedroom, fix the faucet, read that book, watch that movie, call that friend, et cetera; but I just haven’t seemed to get around to it.”
Well, here’s the solution: A Round Tuit!
Once you have one of these, you can do all the things you’ve been saying you’ll do once you get a round tuit. Haha!
Of course, we all put off certain things in life. That’s totally normal. But what if the truth is that God has already given us exactly enough time to do all the things God wants us to do? Intrigued? Let’s see what Scripture has to say.
Scripture: 2 Peter 1:3-11 (NLT)
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 marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Meditate on verse 3 “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 marvelous glory and excellence.”
Do we realize what this means? It means that God has given us everything we need. Therefore, we have everything we need for a life following after the ways of God, who has called us into relationship by his glory and goodness. God has given us enough intelligence, ability, opportunity, money, strength, love, and even enough time to become all that God has called us to be. So why do we so often feel insufficient?
It’s all a matter of how we think; it’s about our worldview, our paradigm. Too often, we assume a view of scarcity: “because I have limited resources, I have to work harder to get my needs taken care of, and I will never get it all done.” Contrast this with a view of abundance, which the Scriptures assume, because the Bible testifies to a God who gives more than enough to all his children.
“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires … For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:4&10b-11 NIV)
The generous gift of God is salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is always enough.
Generous God, who did not withhold even your own Son to provide for us, give us a sense of the abundance you are pouring into the world and into our lives, and let us live with gratitude and peace. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.