2 Peter 1:1-11
Today we consider the final part of this three-part series on developing godly Christian character, or rebuilding the foundations of our life. As we begin, I would like to mention several objections that people raise, even if only in their minds, in opposition to developing this kind of character:
- I can’t do it/It is too hard: Some people delight to live with a defeatist mentality, always putting the burden of responsibility upon other people for their actions and failures. This is flagrantly opposite to the words of the Scriptures, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
- I started too late/I am too old: Peter is writing to both adults and children! Certainly, a very significant part of our discipleship here at GBBC is teaching parents how to disciple their children at home. Nothing is more tragic than children who have grown up in the church and in a godly home, but in spite of spiritual advantages, wreck their lives and betray their Christianity. But Peter is writing to adults of a variety of sorts, and reminds us that God never stops working on his children.
- That man or woman doesn’t have these character traits: Isn’t this the classic bait and switch? Just because someone else is a spiritual failure gives you no legitimate reason to fail on God.
- I don’t care: Is the spiritually apathetic person even a Christian? We cannot be sure! Consider the words of Jesus to the Laodicean church: Revelation 3:15-16 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
The reality of the matter is that the experience of growing in spiritual maturity and rebuilding the godly foundations of our lives are universal to the Christian experience; every single true child of God has and will experience the illuminating and convicting work of the Holy Spirit, motivating them to continually repent of sin in these specific areas and draw closer and closer to God in Christ.