I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body. (2 Peter 1:13)
Search your memories for someone who is or was “firmly established” in their faith. I imagine my grandmother. When my teenage self stayed a week with her over the summer, I would stumble down the stairs mid-morning to find her seated at the end of the couch, her reading lamp pointed toward the open Bible in her lap, eyes closed, sitting still as a statue. A stack of missionary postcards and letters were next to her.
When I visited, we worked in the garden, baked bread, ate stewed rhubarb on biscuits, and hung laundry on the verandah clothesline. When I went away to college, she wrote letters to me with snippets of her Scripture reading for the day woven seamlessly into news about the weather and the garden. Her firmly established life in Christ spoke volumes to my growing faith without ever preaching a sermon.
My grandmother was firmly established in goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, and love. Yet when Peter wrote his letter, he was writing even to believers like my grandmother and to the person that you imagined. We all need reminders of the truth we now have. Be reminded that you are a child of God, called and chosen by him to join the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to add to this world a portrait of the great love of the triune God.
Remember who you are and be firmly established in truth.
Erin Crisp is executive director of The Center for Learning and Innovation at IWU National & Global, and a contributing writer for Annesley Writer’s Forum.
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Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.