Gems 2014 — November 29 Scripture Selection: II Peter 1

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 29 Scripture Selection: II Peter 1

Food for Thought: II Pet. 1:12-15

Peter wasn’t concerned about being repetitious in his messages to the believers. On the contrary, those messages are so very important that he wanted to be sure that they not only knew them, but would be constantly reminded of them so that they would be prevented from stumbling and be fruitful and efficient for the Kingdom of God in their personal walk with the Lord. Peter penned those words with the intention that they would be encouraged to follow them even long after he left “his tent” and went to be with the Lord.

This is why we do not read the Bible once and say we are done with that book. It’s why we listen to preachers prompted by the Holy Spirit touch on the same subject frequently. It’s why we attend services and meetings regularly, even though the message may be one we have already heard. If the apostle Peter felt that it was necessary to be redundant (and please, take note of just what he urged the believers to do in his writings), then it must be for our good to be exposed over and over to those truths so that they penetrate deeply into our beings and become what directs our lives through the Spirit.

What if we all did what Peter did? What if we stressed often to the people around us that there is no more important topic than that of our relationship with the Lord? What if we took measures as Peter did so that the message be heard or read long after our departure? My grandmother did just that. She wrote a salvation message to be read at her funeral. Copies were also made and distributed to the family members, which I still hold in my possession.

The point is, once is not enough. It is not enough for us to be exposed to a message just once, and it is not enough for us to share a truth with someone just once. The important biblical concepts need to be discussed frequently as a gentle reminder of God’s priorities to keep us all focused on the things that really matter.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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