Good Morning Church Family,
I have found that many people claim their struggle with Christians is that they have met several who were less than genuine, or hypocrites, or just outright phony. I have met a few myself. Jonah was a supremely faking it; he was ignoring God’s call, refusing to take part in God’s plans because they conflicted with his own, and literally got in a boat going to the opposite end of the known world.
To be honest, there are days when I have felt less than genuine, but there’s hope for a phony Christian.
Second Peter 1:3- 4 tells us:
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”
None of us, in our own strength, could attain to a life that glorifies God and loves others truly, but God in Jesus has accomplished for us all the authenticity we need and desire. You may say, “Well, then I do not have to pursue any godliness then?!” No, we desperately need to pursue Jesus’ way of living, but like Jonah we must first admit who we are before we can pursue repentance toward what we are called to do (Jonah 1:9).
Then as Peter goes on in chapter 1 we pursue all the qualities of Christlikeness, not from a place of performance, not in some new found self-confidence, but from the secure place of being united to God through Christ. Since we are given all things in Jesus, we can pursue a lifestyle that looks like His.
This morning meditate on 2 Peter 1, go overboard, get surrendered in the belly of fish somewhere, get moving toward God’s will one step at a time. Take heart phony Christian, Christ is more powerful than our stubbornness yet.
We love you, we’re praying for you, and we hope you have a wonderful Monday morning.