Reading and studying the Bible often leads us to characters God dealt with, one on one. He seemed to have "HIS" chosen ones (and chosen, they were) to speak to and through, to handle various problems, to deal with the sins of nations, or to bring individuals back to himself.
My mind has been wondering recently, "How do I become one of those that God uses in important ways?" I even wondered if God were to be authorizing an updated and current events 'Bible,' would my life be one that he used as an example for good or bad?
Today's scripture is brief, only three short sentences. But it says so much.
2 Peter 1:1-2
1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: 2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Peter tells us he is a servant and apostle of Jesus. There is a reason the scripture is worded like that. God knew and Peter knew and I hope you also know, before you can be God's man or woman, you must take on the spirit of being a servant. Jesus is our example here, too. Read Philippians 2:5-8.
Peter addresses his letter to people who have received a faith that is as precious as Peter's faith is to him. Today we can examine our faith and in prayer we can petition God to "increase our faith."
Then Peter pronounces a blessing on those who receive his letter, including you and me. That blessing is for grace and peace to be yours in abundance. Like the eagerness to shake hands or exchange a hug, we see Peter's example here to pronounce grace and peace in abundance on our fellow Christians through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.