Everything Needed for Abundant Life

“His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3).

Remember the saying, “I wouldn’t touch him with a six foot pole!”

Who knew that this would become the rule for everyone in 2020?

These have been strange and difficult days. There’s no sugar coating it. The level of racial unrest, the economic turmoil of covid-19 shutdowns, the hurricanes, the fires, the social distancing.

That’s why I find God’s promise in our verse so surprising. God tells us that he has given us everything needed for life and godliness. The word for life in our text is “zoa”. The Greeks had another word for life, “bio”.

  • Bio refers to being alive, breathing, existing.
  • Zoa is totally different. Zoa refers to life as it was meant to be lived. This is a life that is full of God’s shalom and peace. This is thriving in life. This is the life Jesus promised in John 10:10, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

God really does expect us, even in 2020, to live “zoa” life.

However, this life is contingent upon us living life according to God’s way, God’s truth, God’s word.

So, here’s the thing. God didn’t ask us to like what is happening right now. But God does expect us to live fully God’s blessed life today. Because it’s by living God’s “zoa” life that the saints can be a blessing to a world desperate for God’s blessing.

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