Learning to Fly
Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 50-52; Psalm 92; 2 Peter 1
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Peter 1:3-11
Airplanes have always fascinated me. I have read all about Bernoulli’s Principle and I understand the physics of how a plane flies, but what really interests me are pilots. Every time I walk past an open cockpit door, I am amazed that anyone could possibly learn how to use all of the buttons, switches, and gauges. What looks like a jumbled mess to me is simply another day at the office for a trained pilot. This thought brings me to an interesting question for today – what if someone walked up to you tomorrow and gave you an airplane? I am talking about a genuine, no strings attached, free airplane. It would certainly be an amazing and valuable gift, but for most of us, there would be a problem. When we received the airplane, we would have everything we need to achieve flight, yet most of us still would not be able to fly because we do not know how to use the airplane. We would find ourselves with a choice. Either we could let the airplane sit around collecting dust, never to be used, or we could learn how to fly.
I thought about this question today as I read our key passage. The apostle Peter says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (Vs. 3) Many of us walk around this life with many questions in our heads. We wonder if we are good enough, if we know enough, or if we can really fulfill God’s vision for us. It is easy for us to think things like, “one day maybe I will be able to do this” or “one day maybe I will be able to stop doing that”. What we often seem to forget is that when we were saved, the Holy Spirit came to live inside of us. When that happened, God gave us everything we need to live a godly life and to follow him completely. He gave us this free gift with no strings attached so that we “may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (Vs. 4) Just like when we received the free airplane, with the Holy Spirit we have everything we need to live a life that is fully pleasing to God and to serve Him completely. The problem, though, is that we might not immediately know how to use the free gift. Each of us has the full power of the Lord of Lords living inside of us, but if we do not learn how to use that power, it becomes as useless to us as the plane we do not know how to fly, and we spend our time trying to overcome sin and temptation through our own strength. The good news is that we can learn to utilize the power of God in our lives. Do not leave the power of God’s Holy Spirit sitting around collecting dust. Spend the time getting to know how to use His free gift through prayer and Bible study, and you can learn how to fly.
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Posted on July 27, 2013, in 22 - 2 Peter and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Evangelism, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Religion, Salvation, Service, Sin, Temptation. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.