Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Keep on scrubbing

Check out these words from the apostle Peter:
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this (a new heaven and a new earth), make every effort (work hard) to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 2 Peter 3:14
Before we go any further, let’s remember that Peter is writing to Christians. He is talking to people who have already accepted Christ as their Savior and been baptized.

In light of God’s new heaven and new earth, Peter exhorts his readers to aggressively pursue growing in holiness and righteousness. He is exhorting them to work hard at making sure they don’t have any sin in their lives. Peter tells them to do everything they have to in order to be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with God. Spotless means without any spots. Peter didn’t say mostly spotless or almost blameless. He is saying go all the way, and aggressively participate and cooperate with God’s desire and plan to purify you – now, not just when you die.

I find it interesting that if a pastor today makes this same cry that Peter did for Christians to work hard at holy living; they are chastised for promoting legalism and works-based Christianity. Peter’s message isn’t necessarily politically correct today. Nonetheless, it is truth, and we shouldn't be afraid to repeat it.

This message is exciting to me because God’s grace is enough to remove every spot. Remember what Peter said earlier in this letter, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness.” Yes, we need to keep on scrubbing, but we have been given the ultimate spot remover.


Dean Lusk said...

I happened to find your blog while searching for some additional thoughts regarding "confessing with your mouth" while I was talking with my son about it. Your post back in February was excellent:

Just wanted to express my "attaboys" for what I've seen in your posts. This is the way I, too, desperately want to see Christ-followers begin thinking and living!

Eric Jones said...

Thanks for the encouragement. Your son is obviously blessed to have a dad who is not only taking his own relationship with God seriously, but is also stepping up and being a dad who disciples his son. I have four kids - what an awesome blessing and an awesome responsibility. May God pour His grace on us as we strive to be the Christian fathers we are called to be.

Preston N said...

I have often been accused of promoting "legalism" whenever I say "be holy" or when I tell others to live by the very words of Peter here. I often want to tell them - your promoting "lawlessness".

Be courageous and continue to tell others to live a life that brings joy to the heart of our Savior!