A trimester of mindless nausea and utter exhaustion really limited the time I spent reading Scripture. But now that I am in my second trimester and feeling three-food-groups better, I’ve been reading more Scripture, which feels so good; my system was starved of the truth. I’m finding that when I read, speak, write, do the Word, it’s Jesus himself I’m getting to know. (Talk about transubstantiation!) I feel so refreshed to be spending time with Him like this again.
I’ve been fascinated by 2 Peter 1 this week; blown away that, “according to his divine power,” God “hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust…”
I’m convicted by the challenge to pursue godliness in all things, and amazed that God is giving me everything I need to do it. In the face of such generosity, I have no excuses for my sin. Nor do I want them; even though excuses feel good in a self-indulgent kind of way, being stripped of all excuses feels even better in a “how could He really love me this much?” kind of way. God really wants us to do this thing; He really wants us to become like Jesus in our thoughts and actions. So much so, that He gives us everything we need to do it. And, wouldn’t you know, godliness profits every aspect of our lives: its the blessing and not the curse.
Other Words about godliness that have been burning my heart: 1 Timothy 4: 6 – 9 and Romans 6