2 Peter 1:1-4
IT’S BEEN THERE ALL ALONG
During the pioneer era in America, a poverty-stricken old man found his way into a settlement on the western frontier. He had run out of supplies, so he was looking for food. As he walked through the camp, someone stopped to talk with him and noticed that he wore a small pouch on a ribbon around his neck. The old man explained that it was a charm given to him many years before. He opened it, removed a crumpled paper, and handed it to his inquirer. Upon examining it, the villager discovered that it was a regular discharge from the federal army. It was signed by General George Washington himself, and it entitled the man to a pension for life. How surprised the old soldier was to find out that all these years he had been carrying a bona fide promise that his needs would be met! Because he had not claimed it, though, he had been a wandering, hungry, penniless man.
Sometimes we can live and exist in spiritual poverty despite all God has provided for us. The message version puts it like this “Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received!”
Because of what Jesus did for us, we have everything we need to live a life pleasing to God, by invitation! Don’t just leave this incredible invitation lying unopened! Dive in, grab all the promises that are laid out for you because we know that He will supply all our needs “according to His riches in glory”. The treasure has been there all along!