As followers of Jesus, we have committed to a life of faith and discipleship. We reaffirm this initial commitment with a fresh commitment to follow Christ each day.
Scripture invites us to choose today whom we will serve, whom we will follow. Will you follow Jesus today? Where might the Spirit of God lead you?next >
Instead, grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. To him belongs glory now and forever. Amen.
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Have you ever gotten lost? Maybe you took a wrong turn while driving, or maybe you got separated from your group in a crowded park or mall.
Peter wrote to the early churches to warn them about the dangers of getting off course. In the previous verse, he warned, “be on guard so that you aren’t led off course into the error of sinful people.” As these early Christians committed to discipleship, Peter became concerned that others might try to distract them from the way of Jesus.
In response, Peter reminded them to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.” His words echo how John described Jesus as “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). They also give us a map for how to respond to those who would steer us off course. We need knowledge of truth grounded in Scripture to recognize and resist error, but we also need the grace of Christ to shape our response so that we can meet error with both truth and love.
Joshua Haysnext >
God, thank you for the knowledge of Jesus given in Scripture that helps to keep us on course in our commitment to you. Please give us grace through your Spirit to share this knowledge with love and gentleness. Amen.next >
The seed that fell on good soil are those who hear the word and commit themselves to it with a good and upright heart. Through their resolve, they bear fruit.
Luke 8:15 (emphasis added)
May you bear fruit in this season of commitment to the Lord Jesus.
Joshua Hays is a Research Fellow for the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University and the author of A True Hope: Jedi Perils and the Way of Jesus (Smyth & Helwys, 2015). He is a graduate of Union University and Samford University and a former intern at Passport, Inc. Joshua lives in Waco, Texas, with his wife Rebecca Poe Hays, a Ph.D. student in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Baylor.
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