Tuesday Devotional: 1 Peter 2:1-3

Read 1 Peter 2:1-3

It is ok to be young in your faith. It is ok to not have all the answers. It is ok to take small baby steps before you run. In fact, this is wonderfully healthy and good. Pray, on the other hand, that the Lord keep you from running before you are able and before it is safe to do so. This Christian faith has no concern with how quickly you learn and how far you’ve gone. The primary concern of Christianity is, do you know Jesus and are you continuing to know him more? A good conversation with a lifetime friend is not assessed on how many topics were covered and how quickly the conversation was brought to a close. No. Never confuse quantity for quality. In Christ you are born again. You are starting over. This can be an attack on our pride but what is more important, your pride or your life? Would you rather know that your pride is in tact or would you rather know that your life has been saved? Don’t fear correction and don’t fear failure. You will fail. You won’t get everything right the first time. Or the second time. And so on.   But that’s not the point, is it? The point is that daily you are laying your life down for the sake of Jesus.   The point is that daily you are admitting that you are helplessly incapable while God is eternally able. You are a child of God. You are a disciple of Jesus. You are a born again Christian. Where do we find the idea that we have it altogether, we know all the steps and it’s time for us to instruct those around us? Child, Disciple, Newborn. All of these denote beginnings, submission, humility, helplessness, neediness and trust. We trust in Jesus because without him we have no one to provide for us. We are lost and have not direction without him. We are dead and have no hope of living without the death he died. Pray for a heart that desires to know basics and never stop praying. Over time you will grow and the walk will become more. Likewise your knowledge and understanding of who God is will develop and change. You will need more. You will know more. You will find that God continues to give you more.   But the message of the Cross is simple and not to be left and abandoned for the sake of advancement. The message of the Cross is not there to be appreciated but then undervalued and unappreciated in the presence of more interesting and more complex subjects. The message of the Cross is basic and it will remain so for eternity. Our sin, however, is complex and complicated and only by the power of the Cross will we understand why we so often resist the simplicity of the Cross.

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  1. Good words Nathan. There is something for everyone in this devotional. the words that most speak to me are: The point is that daily you are admitting that you are helplessly incapable while God is eternally able. In reading back over my spiritual notebook entries that I am continually “coming back” to Him. I am so incapable and need him so much more than I think I do, to do simple things like keeping him first in my life.

    Thanks again Nathan, Blessings to you and Colleen! -Stephen

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