For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:5-8)
In my last post I talked about perseverance – hanging in there. Something that is some times difficult to do even in the best situations, can often seem impossible in the worst.
Today, I want to talk about “godliness”
and to perseverance, godliness
Godliness – being “god-like”, or “like God”. We were created in God’s image – we are LIKE GOD! How amazing is that????
This doesn’t in any way imply we are gods ourselves. Sure, we often think we are, or live like we are. But we’re not. God is omniscient (all knowing), we are not. He is omnipotent (all powerful), we are not. He is omnipresent (everywhere), we are not. Nor can we posess these qualities. We are not God. BUT – we are like God, created in his image. That is not something that was granted to any other living creature, not even angels. Wow! That just blows my mind….
So – we screwed all that up when we fell. My son always says “that dang Adam! Thanks for sinning and messing everything up for us!”. 🙂 But we have to remember that we aren’t to lay all blame on him, or even satan, for our sinful nature. We have a share in that blame. I know I do….
Anyway – Thanks to Jesus Christ, we are restored. I don’t think we get that. It’s done. We are restored. We are not the old selves, if we have accepted Christ. But we do, for some reason, hang on to our old selves. This is why Paul tells us in Ephesians to “put off our old selves, which is being corrupted by its evil desires, and put on our new selves, created to BE LIKE GOD in true righteousness and holiness”. Be holy, because HE is holy.
Jesus tells us to “be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect”. Not “work at it”, or “do your best”, or “try harder”. No – BE. It’s done. We just need to BE what he’s made us to be. Sort of like what Lady Gaga says in her song “Born this way”? Maybe not what she meant. 🙂 But when you are born again – You are “born this way”, in the perfect, holy, righteous image of God.
Godliness. We CAN live a perfct, holy, sinless life. We don’t, because we continue to believe the lies satan has been telling us for generations. Makes me think of the question Jesus asked of the paralytic, waiting by the pool for his turn to go in and be healed – “Do you want to be healed?”