Turning What Could Be Into What Is: Building A Faith That Performs by Terry J. Hallock

Turning What Could Be Into What Is: Building a Faith That Performs
Pastor T. J. Hallock
2nd Peter 1:1-11
August 10, 2003

When asked about the potential of the Dallas Cowboys professional football team for the coming season new coach Bill Parcells said, "Potential means nothing. Performance means everything." The Dallas Cowboys have had potential for years and yet have still finished 3 and 13. Promise and possibility look great on paper but all that counts is what happens on the field. What is true of a football team is also true of a Christian's faith. What we could do in Christ preaches good on Sunday, but all that counts is what happens on Monday because potential means nothing. Performance means everything.

Peter tells us what our faith could be. "His [God's] divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." The born-again Christian has been gifted with every potential for great and godly living. Not only that but we have been given the promise that we can be just like Jesus and know the victory of Jesus over every threat of this world.

Yet the key word is "may". "... You MAY participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." Every Christian may live like Jesus, but not every Christian does. Every Christian may pray like Jesus, but not every Christian does. Every Christian may love like Jesus, but not every Christian does. Every Christian may send the devil running like Jesus, but not every Christian does. "May" must become "is" before we become like Jesus. Potential means nothing. Performance means everything.

That is why Peter writes, "For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodne ...


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