2 Peter 1:2-11
2 May God bless you with his special favor and wonderful peace as you come to know Jesus, our God and Lord, better and better.3 As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! 4 And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in his divine nature. 5 So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. 6 Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. 7 Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. 8 The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop these virtues are blind or, at least, very shortsighted. They have already forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin.
10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Doing this, you will never stumble or fall away. 11 And God will open wide the gates of heaven for you to enter into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Many believers want an abundance of God’s special favor and peace, but they are unwilling to put forth the effort to get to know Him better through Bible study and prayer. To enjoy the privileges God offers us freely, we must “come to know Jesus, our God and Lord, better and better.” The power to lead a godly life comes God.  Because we don’t have the resources to be godly, God allows us to “share in His divine nature” in order to keep us from sin and help us to live for Him. But faith must be more than belief in certain facts; it must result in action, growth in Christ’s character, and the practice of moral discipline, or it will die away.  A life of faith leads to learning to know God better, self-control, patient endurance and loving others. These actions do not come automatically: they require hard work.  But it is not an option if you belong to Christ.  This must be your goal to become more like Him and have the way you life your live reflect Him. God does empower and enable us, but He also gives us the responsibility to learn and grow.  How much does your life reflect Christ?  Are you in the process of becoming more like Him?  Those who love Him, will be like Him.  Start today, get to know Him through His Word and let His Spirit guide you into living Christ to the world.

Have a God Day!