Think, Act, Be Day 40 – II Peter 1:1-15
I intend to keep on reminding you of these things.
A student spoke up in the second semester of my seminary training at Baylor. The professor had just assigned a book written by Martin Luther. Raising his hand, he announced to our theology professor, “I read this already in college.” Without batting an eye, our professor said, “Well, you’re going to read it again.”
For believers, remembering and repetition are active disciplines of the Christian life. As Jesus instructed us at communion, “Do this in remembrance of me,” so Peter jogs our memories of the virtuous life. We don’t have to know it all or even have a great memory. We just need the discipline and humility to admit that we easily forget. Repetition refreshes our lives, rekindles our obedience, and strengthens character. So read this again and again.
Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have received a faith as precious as ours through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: 2 May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3 His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature. 5 For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. 8 For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For anyone who lacks these things is short-sighted and blind, and is forgetful of the cleansing of past sins. 10 Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble. 11 For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you.
12 Therefore I intend to keep on reminding you of these things, though you know them already and are established in the truth that has come to you. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to refresh your memory, 14 since I know that my death[i] will come soon, as indeed our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
2 Peter 1:1-1