“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

To truly unpack the powerful proclamation in this verse, we must first understand the context in which Peter writes. Peter addresses this letter to “those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ” [2 Peter 1:1]. We have obtained equal standing with Peter, yet sometimes as the Church we spend more time promoting ourselves, worried about outdoing one another. Yet Peter makes it crystal clear here — we are on an equal playing field, not through any of our own efforts, but because of God’s righteousness.

Through God’s divine power, He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. God has freely and joyfully given us everything we need. Now, God has not said that He is going to give you the ability to preach a message like Pastor Josh, or be the next CEO of a Fortune 500 company, or the next Michael Jordan, no — white people still can’t jump. Why? Because our minds and bodies have limitations, but as it pertains to life and godliness, there are no limits. We have a God who is so perfect, whose thoughts are so beyond ours, whose ways are as far as the heavens from the earth, yet, out of His unconditional love for us, He has given us the keys to open all of Heaven’s doors.

When we come to the revelation that God has called us to His own glory and excellence, everything changes. But making our entrance into His Kingdom doesn’t stop at salvation or being called to “His own glory and excellence” either. We are called to live in righteousness, to live above reproach, and by doing so, we make our inheritance as His sons and daughters secure. Living in radical abandonment to glorify God keeps the doors to His kingdom wide open to us; it births an intimate devotion to seeing His glory revealed on earth as it is in Heaven.

Through His divine power, God birthed a powerful church by way of a bunch of misfits, and the world was never the same. Cultures were altered, lives were changed and God was revealed in marvelous ways. The devotion of a few thousand ordinary people transformed the world. We can't explain it. God did it — through His Church and through His people. In the same way, as ambassadors of Heaven, we are called to usher in the same transformation today. From glory to glory and strength to strength.

// Kyle Negrete