Scripture: “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3).
God, the Father, the Giver of “every good and perfect gift…” (James 1:17) has provided for us everything we need to carry out his commission to “make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19). This he does by his Word and Sacrament through which we receive forgiveness of sins and life eternal. His Word shows us his love expressed through his Son’s sacrifice on the Cross, his power which has conquered sin and death, and his grace freely given to undeserving sinners.
We are God’s instruments through which he works. “Therefore, My dear friends…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Tapping into his strength, we can fulfill his purposes for our lives. As we receive our Lord’s body and blood in Holy Communion, we are assured of our forgiveness and empowered to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord…” (Colossians 1:10).
Prayer: Dear Lord, you have indeed provided everything I need to support my body and life. Help me to stand on your Word and partake of your Sacrament with gratitude for all your blessings to me. Amen.