Verse of the Day

"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

~2 Peter 3:18a

Today's Devotional Thought

January 10, 2011 by Rachel Piferi


Passionate, Motivated, & Still

One of my favorite people in the Bible is Peter. I love his passion, his motivation, and his drive. I also love the fact that he messed up quite a few times. In fact, sometimes it seemed that his passion and motivation outran his spiritual and emotional maturity.

But you know what is great about Peter? His heart. And I believe that Jesus was patient with Peter because he saw his heart and the potential greatness that was in him. Peter just needed to mature a bit so that God could use that passionate, motivated, determined person to reach the world.

Have you ever been really passionate about something or motivated to get something done? Or are you a Peter-type personality who is ready to take on the world as soon as someone says “go!” If you are that type of person or if you have had moments of being really motivated and passionate, you know that sometimes your passion and motivation can outrun your mindfulness or maturity in a situation. Sometimes, we are so excited about an idea or an endeavor that we fail to see the preparation that needs to be done or the steps that need to be taken.

In Peter’s case, he was very passionate and very motivated. But, he needed to understand Jesus more before he was truly ready for what God had for him. I have no doubt that he loved Jesus. But, it wasn’t really until the crucifixion and resurrection and ultimately Pentecost, that Peter really understood Jesus and why he came. And once he had a full, mature understanding of Jesus, he was simply unstoppable as the passionate, motivated, and dedicated disciple.

In 2011, we are so excited to embark on a year of radical obedience. A year of following God’s call to whatever it is that he may have for us. Our prayer is that you also will become passionate about following God’s call in the big and small things in your life. We believe that the richest and most abundant life comes from following God’s plan for your life and having the experiences, the relationships, and the journeys that he has for you.

But I think we all need to learn from Peter and realize that sometimes we need to take time to get to know Jesus better before we start “doing” for him. Dear friends, God has great things for each one of you to do for him. And that is very exciting. But, the first thing he has for you is a deep and personal relationship with him. And through that relationship, you will get a clearer idea of what he wants you to do. And, as he begins to reveal his plan for you, remember to be still. It is wonderful to be passionate and motivated. Especially about our Lord. But, please remember to be passionate, motivated, and still so that you can continue to get to know Jesus better and hear from him as you embark on everything that he has for you in 2011.

Be still today and spend time with Jesus. And then go out passionately and tell others about him.

Memorize this verse today:

"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
~2 Peter 3:18a

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