2 Peter 3:11
3 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. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Message version of verses 3 & 4 read:
3-4Everything 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! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust. o the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I don’t know about you, but I love invitations. Most of the time. Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers (especially if the baby is there too!). I love all of these life events.
Seventeen years ago I received the most exciting invitation this side of heaven. On March 3, 1995 Larry Brandon invited me to be his wife. I was living in Denver at the time and one night during our daily phone conversations Larry asked me why I hadn’t moved to Michigan yet. I informed him that I had not yet been invited. A week or so later he flew me to Michigan for the weekend and in the parking lot of the Bay City Saginaw airport Larry gave me an invitation that he’d made on the computer and printed out for me.
Although we haven’t known each other very long
My feelings for you can’t be wrong
Please agree to be a part
of my of heart
and of my life
Take this ring and be my wife
I was so excited. This wonderful man who I’d only known 5 1/2 weeks (no I don’t recommend this, but….) was inviting me to share his life in the most intimate way possible. Two months later we were married and the nearly 15 years that we were together we the best years of my life. Our love for each other was the stuff that Fairy Tales wish they were made of. Yeah, it was that good. Until cancer cut our happily ever after too short.
This intimacy is only a foretaste of the invitation we have received from Jesus Christ. Jesus loves us so much that He paid the ultimate cost, the ransom required for us to have a relationship with God. He longs for us to know and desire Him as much as He desires us. Jesus is inviting us to know His Father as He does, up close and personal. Not just for a few temporal years on this earth, but for all eternity. Happily Ever After has nothing on this invitation!