Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (2 Pet. 1:2)

THE HOME DEPOT IS MY HOME away from home. Anything my house needs, I can find somewhere in that store’s limitless inventory. If I want to fix a leaky faucet, remodel my kitchen, or hang drywall to finish the basement, I can count on The Home Depot to provide what I need.

This home improvement megastore provides a good metaphor for the relationship we have with God through Jesus. If our faith in God was a retail store, it would provide an inexhaustible supply of virtue. Peter reminded us of the many items available to us “in abundance.” The store is continuously open, and all the items have been pre-purchased. The aisles are prominently labeled as grace, peace, love, and a host of other fruits of the Spirit we are invited to partake.

Peter’s salutation to his young Christian audience would have been met with delight. He wrote without the slightest hint of doubt. His certainty should produce an equivalent effect on us. Grace and peace are available in ever-progressing quantities as we grow in our relationship with Christ.

This passage is packed with spiritual truth to help us grow in faith. Peter began by linking knowledge of God with grace and peace. Undoubtedly, God has some soul remodeling He would like each of us to do. Visit His “store” of grace anytime, and you will receive all you need.

Name a virtue you would like to receive in abundance.

Jim Miller is a chaplain in the US Army. He is married, has two teenage children, and enjoys traveling, music, video games, and playing with his dogs.