July 27: choose

What do you want? I ask this question a lot. Really, what do you want? Not the stuff you would like to acquire, but in living today and tomorrow and into the future, what do you want? It is a question that often comes to me in prayer. What do I want? Because when it comes down to reasonable alternatives, what do I want?

Today, in reading from 2 Peter 1:3-11, I hear what God wants for me. And what God wants for me actually sounds wonderful. Peter tells us that God has already given us everything we need. We are able to participate in what is the essence or nature of God. As we build one aspect of Christian character on another, we become who God wants us to be: faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection and love.

What God wants for us is God’s promise. I know it best from John 10:10 where Jesus says: “I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.” Fullness of life – is a promise. This does not happen by accident. I have to want what God wants for me. I have to choose this. And every day, I’m given another opportunity to choose.

Today’s readings: Isaiah 50-52; Psalm 92; 2 Peter 1

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