We people are enamored with what’s “new,” “improved,” “better”, and “more.” It’s not enough that we have “stuff.” We want new stuff even if what we have works quite well. We want more, more, more. It’s not enough to “have,” we want more. Sadly, this preoccupation with “more” of what’s “better” has drifted into the discussion about God.
Let me give you an example. Every so often there’s a new teacher that emerges onto the scene. People flock to listen to him teach new, deep truths about God that no other Bible teacher has ever taught before. He writes a book, puts out videos, and invites us to his conference where we can learn his secret that will unlock the blessings of God that we’ve always longed for. These teachers have knowledge that us common folk don’t have. They have spiritual insight not available to anyone else on the planet…or so they say.
I was reading 2 Peter last week when I came across the verse I’ve chosen to hide away in my heart this week. Peter says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” I read the verse again and again as I thought about those who entice others to buy their “spiritual secrets” like the late night commercials try to convince us that we can lose weight without exercising or changing our diet. If it’s true I’m more than interested!
The problem is that what they are selling is “fool’s gold.” These folks have always been around. In the early Church the Gnostics claimed to have “secret knowledge,” but the Church continued to point people to the Word of God as the repository of everything needed for the man or woman of God. All of the lessons we need to grow in grace and mature as men and women of God are found in the Word of God.
You are not a second class Christian. God hasn’t given you any less to work with or draw from than Paul, Peter, James, or John. His Spirit working through His Word is able to grow us if we will turn our hearts wholly to Him and seek Him with passion. Dig in to God’s Word and you’ll grow in ways you can’t even imagine.
2 Peter 1:3