Journal 2 Pet 1 (all references are from the ESV; changes in punctuation are mine)
Scripture: “Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that have.
I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder (since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me). And,
I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things…” 2 Pet 1:12-15
Observation: I know I have reminded myself of this before: What kind of legacy is to be left by a believer? Not what I am remembered for, but what is remembered because I stirred it up?
Analysis: Back in Acts 13:36, Paul spoke about David who “served the purpose of God in his generation.”
It was more than, “What a guy, David was—never be another like him again…” and off we go getting on with life. It was stirring up remembrance that “David did serve God’s purpose” and became an example for empty headed noggins like mine.
Peter is doing the same by telling his readers what he was going to do, that is, remind whoever is given to him to:
- Supplement faith with virtue,
- Virtue with knowledge,
- Knowledge with self-control,
- Self-control with steadfastness (or patience),
- Steadfastness with godliness,
- Godliness with brotherly affection, and
- Brotherly affection with love.
Peter continues to say, “For if these (the above) qualities are yours AND ARE INCREASING, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Pet 1:5-8
A lot to take upon my shoulders. I wonder if I am up to it. Outside of this journal writing, I fail.
But I desire to leave a legacy, something that will last past me. Something that the next generation and the next will be able to stand upon my shoulders for…
Prayer: Lord God, please help me to leave a legacy that will glorify you and not me. It is hard to not be egoistic concerning this, therefore, I know I have a way to go to please you in walking worthy of the Gospel.
Heal my wife, please.
Ricky Two Shoes