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2 Peter 1:8-9
August 13, 2006
INTRODUCTION: Will people say this about your life, "He did nothing in particular, and he did it very well." The purpose in life is to have a life of purpose. John Foster, "You're not truly free until you've been made captive by your mission in life." Do we really believe that this life is just a "dress rehearsal" for eternity?
A man without principles never draws much interest. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." You can predict your future by the awareness you have of your unique purpose.
Remember, when the Holy Spirit comes to take-up residence within the spirit of a human being, He brings with Him those absolute standards of righteousness which reflect the very nature and character of God Himself. The Christian life is not about our own capacity and ability, but about God's; not about who we are, but who He is; not what we have to offer, but what He offers, which is all of Himself, if only we are as available to Christ as Christ was available to His Father.
When the principle of 1 Peter 1:3-9 is a reality in our lives, we experience nothing less than the behavior of Christ Himself. Let me illustrate: the first chapter of the book of Genesis tells us that God made two great lights and set them in the firmament of the heavens, a great light (the sun) to rule the day, and a lesser light (the moon) to rule the night. The moon, however, is lightness of itself. It shines into the darkness only by virtue of its relationship to the greater light, the sun. It has nothing of itself to offer a world in the dark; it has only the sunlight that it receives and faithfully reflects, just as we have only the light of the Lord, and nothing of our own, to offer the world of darkness around us.
Philippians 2:15, "that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the mids ...
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