Sorry I’ve been spotty this week. I’ve been writing an Adult Sunday School class that has been dominating my focus. In any case, let’s get your family together and continue our journey through the Westminster Confession (for this devotion, you will need your Bible):
Last devotion, we talked about adoption and what it means to be made God’s own children. Today, we are going to find out how to live as sons in God’s household. One of my (Pastor Asa’s) favorite hobbies is woodworking. Through a lot of trial and error I’ve been able to make some useful things for my family… some not so useful. I first started woodworking after I inherited my grandfather’s tools from his shop. I tried to make some things for our kitchen that wound up looking kind of funny. They were not great. They were hardly useful… but because my wife loves me she proudly used them as much as she could. Over the years I have slowly gotten better and better at it, and now the stuff I make still isn’t perfect but it is much more useful to us than ever before!
Did you know that this is a lot like our lives as God’s children? We aren’t very good at living holy lives at the start, but God still uses us and is quite proud of what we’ve been able to do for Him. But as time goes on, we should be getting better and better at it. If I gave my wife a table that looked like my first table, then she would know I didn’t really put my best effort into it. It was once my best effort, but now it isn’t!
Let’s start by reading all of 2 Peter 1:3-11 together. The Bible tells us that when we become Christians, God has given us the power to grow in holiness and goodness. This doesn’t mean that we will immediately be great at being Christians. It takes discipline, practice and skill – but God gives us the ability! This does not mean that when you don’t live so skillfully that God is muttering “Tsk, tsk, tsk” at you. Much like my wife using my crooked shelf, God will use and joyfully welcome every tiny step we take toward Him Remember in Luke 15, when the prodigal son returns home, the Father doesn’t yell at him to look more sorry or to walk faster. The Father runs to his boy!
The truth is, it will take my entire life to become the best woodworker I can be. In the same way it will take our entire lives to be made more and more like Jesus. This lifelong journey is something that we call sanctification. Sanctification is the work of God in our lives, throughout our lives, to make us more and more like Jesus. But as we see in 2 Peter, sanctification is also something that we WORK at! Are you ready to become a master woodworker!?
- Let’s sing Grace Alone again together as a family. What does it mean when he says he will “Slay my sin by grace and grace alone”?
- Let’s thank God that He has given us the ability and the desire to live for Him.