I love these verses! They are packed with so much and I believe these verses give us a plan on how to live the life God called us to live. I want to spend a little time looking at verses 3 and 4 because they remind us why we live a life that pleases God. We are first reminded that God has given us everything we need to live a godly life. I don't know about you, but I think it is such an empowering statement! That statement in and of itself reminds me that I am not doing this on my own, I have the divine power of Christ working in me. Look at what Romans 8:10-12 (NLT) tells us about that:
And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.That is some serious power we have in us - we really have been given everything we need to live a life that pleases God. I can confidently say there is nothing more powerful than what is living in us who believe.
We are reminded that when we tap into this amazing power and live out a life of faith, we are given "great and precious promises." Oh, how precious these promises are! These are promises of eternal life - experiencing God's rest. When I think of the fact that these promises are given to me through Christ even though I do not deserve them, it motivates me all the more to do the good He wants me to do. So much has been sacrificed so I can experience these promises and I want to live up to them. I want to live a life that is worthy of these "great and precious promises," and I have the greatest power living in me and giving me what I need to do it. So, not only do we have the promise of life, but God even gives us what we need to live up to it. How amazing is our God!?
Do you look forward to these "great and precious promises?" Does it motivate you all the more to live a life that honors our great God?
This post is linked with Sharing His Beauty.