But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. (2 Peter 1:9 NIV)
Was blessed to have an opportunity to do an impromptu message at EDGE to close off our study on 2 Peter 1:3-11 .
It was definitely God who gave the inspiration for the illustration. It wasn’t just a message to the kids, it was mostly God’s message to me. In fact, probably the reason it was so easy for me to talk about it was because it is exactly the story of my Christian life.
“Many of us try to live our Christian life blindfolded.”
We forget that Jesus has set us free, has forgiven us of our sins, and has given every thing we need for a godly life (v.3) through his Spirit.
Our part is to make every effort (v.5, v.10) to increase our faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love (v.5-7).
I love the last part of the illustration, when we finally realize we don’t have to be nearsighted and blind (v.9), we are more effective and productive (v.8) in our Christian life. We can go to Jesus without stumbling or fumbling along the way, and receive a rich welcome into His eternal kingdom (v.11)
(crosspost at medium.com)