One of the short readings this morning serves as a good reminder for those of us identifying as and proclaiming to be Christians.
*Note: I would urge a reader read the preceding verses in this chapter – the Promises of our Father. I had a short write up on this in the past and seem to have misplaced it. I will revisit and write on that sometime in the near future.
2 Peter 1:10-11
“Brothers, you have been called and chosen: work all the harder to justify it. If you do all these things there is no danger that you will ever fall away. In this way you will be granted admittance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.”
What I see St. Peter is saying to us is very simple. Christians have been called to this faith. Though many may be born into a Christian household, many others learn of this way of life through a continued call to discipleship (spreading the good news). This is not done by bible-thumping per say. This is done through our actions, our choices we make in living life.
Saint Peter is reminding us – if we proclaim to be a disciple of Christ, we are called to continue to grow our own faith and keep God active in our daily lives.
Keep Christ in Christmas is one way several groups of Christians have stepped forward. You’ll see bumper stickers (I do have such a magnet for the back of my car). But… that’s the short of it.
Every day we can (and should) celebrate our God. Recognize the gifts he has blessed us with each and every day. This is what St. Peter is saying. Don’t take God for granted, don’t take our loves for granted. Appreciate these relationships, friendships, loves – this is where we find God.
Be kind, caring – have compassion and act with compassion. If you love, show your love in any way you possibly can. Life is not easy but it is easier when we remember to act as Jesus would. As our Father wants us to.
I know what I say is easy to write and not always easy to do. The heart behind these words has had many experiences in life and love. If it were not for God being constant in my life I don’t think I would be here writing today. I have had many come and go in my life and God has never abandoned me. I also know it is the actions behind our words that matter most. Empty words, that old gong I refer to, or the choice to open our hearts and souls fully to the call of our God and what I have learned to be a true gift. To be vulnerable and open our hearts and souls to another. That glimpse, that gaze, that love.
2 Peter 1:10-11 “Brothers, you have been called and chosen: work all the harder to justify it. If you do all these things there is no danger that you will ever fall away. In this way you will be granted admittance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and saviour
~ Oh, and – ‘Tis the season, remember those struggling through the holidays, financial hardships, physical concerns, feelings of loneliness. What can you do to make the life of someone else better? What will you do? Remember to extend these kindnesses to those our own home, family and friendships. … all year through.