A pastor asked a farmer, “How are you doing in your relationship to Christ?” His answer was, “Well, I’m not making as much progress as I would like or need to, but I am established.”
Soon after that, the pastor came upon the farmer stuck in the mud. The pastor said, “Well, I see that you are not making as much progress as you would like or need to, but at least you are well established.”
No, he was more than well established; he was stuck. When we fail to make progress in our walk with Christ, let’s be honest, we are stuck!
So, how do we get un-stuck?
In the first chapter of 2 Peter, we realize a couple of key ingredients that keep our growing in godliness in balance.
First, in verses 3 and 4, we learn that God provides everything we need for life and godliness. If you are struggling to grow in godliness, this is not God’s fault. He has provided all you need to grow in godliness.
Second, in verses 5-12, we learn that we must be willing participants to grow in godliness. We cannot become godly without His power and grace, but we must be willing participants in getting to godliness. This is the balance. We tend to grow in godliness as we give ourselves to God through prayer and His Word.
What a great promise! His Divine Power has given us everything we need for life and godliness. Does today find you in growing in godliness?