"According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby (by which) are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:3-4
If we are to live for God, we must know Him, and know how we are to walk worthy of our Christian calling. He did not leave us to wander aimlessly in this world, but He has equipped us with His Word that outlines His own example as He walked this earth. We are to live like He did in His divine nature.
I was recently promoted in my company, and was elated as I had been working toward this for a couple of years. As my start date as a manager grew close, I was excited to say the least, and I was looking forward to learning new things. I was given a new team the Friday before my role changed, and I knew I would have to hit the ground running. I learned that in the past, new managers would get to go to headquarters in Texas for additional training. I knew this wasn’t the case anymore, but I was hoping I would still receive some help in the transition. I started with bells on the first Monday of the week, and I came in with my eyes wide open.
I expected to be assigned a mentor, and I anticipated things would start slowly as I was learning the ropes. Well, my expectations needed to be adjusted after the first week. I was not given a mentor and there was no magic training manual. I was shown where to find resources on how to do my new job, but that is not the same as someone taking the time to show you. I was learning on the fly and asked a lot of questions. I was careful not to complain too much as I was grateful for the job, but I felt so lost at times. Was I doing a good job? Was I doing a bad job? Would I be able to answer my team members’ questions?
Days turned into weeks, and I slowly got the hang of the everyday functions of the job. I was grateful for those who took the time to show me things, and for a boss who was patient with me. I will say I held myself to a standard that my boss did not, but I was just so eager to do a good job. I wanted to validate the decision leadership had made in hiring me, and I did not want to fail. I wanted to know everything I possibly could so that I could make wise and informed decisions. I still ask questions, and I still feel lost at times. I imagine I will always feel this way somewhat as it is impossible to know everything and every situation.
I am grateful that Jesus did not leave us to learn on our own. He left us with the knowledge of Himself and he gave us the virtues He practiced. He called us to follow His divine nature, and He has called us to live the Christian life away from the lust of the world. He wants us to be successful in our Christian life, and He has called us to holiness.
Do you feel like you are struggling? Do you feel lost? Do you feel a step behind? Are you in God's Word? Are you spending time with Him? Are you meditating on God's Word? He has left us with His Word which contains the answers to the problems we face in the world. What will be your choice today? Will you struggle with things on your own, or will apply yourself to His knowledge and truth? God desires that we be holy as He is holy, and He desires to guide us you along the way. Proverbs 3:5-6 states, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
Stay in the fight!