Our Spiritual Muscles
Exercising Knowledge Muscles – Part III
Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:1-18
Key Verse: 2 Peter 3:18
Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.
Remember that God has given you all you need to be a mature, growing Christ-follower. We find this assurance from the Apostle Peter:
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3)
God provides the spiritual and knowledge muscles that we have been studying, however it is our job to exercise them. This is just like exercising our body’s muscles to grow our physical strength.
When we put our faith in Jesus, we are “born again” and start our journey with God as spiritual infants (John 3:3). We have all we need to grow and become mature Christ-followers, but only if we regularly exercise our spiritual and knowledge muscles.
As we have been studying, a major way to exercise our knowledge muscles is reading the Bible.
Some try to convince their listeners that the Bible is too hard to understand and that they should leave it to the “professionals”.
It is obvious that God is guiding the process of translating the Bible into the languages of our world. We now have 3,658 languages that have at least some Scripture that they can read (7.23 billion or 97% of all people). There are now 736 languages that have the full Bible (6 billion people) and another 1,658 languages have the full New Testament (824 million people). (See https://www.wycliffe.net/resources/statistics/.)
This has happened over many years of hard work and even persecution of those who have been translating God’s Word. Because William Tyndale was determined to produce an English translation of the Latin Bible, authorities of The Holy Roman Empire strangled and burnt him at the stake in Antwerp in 1536.
May God help us all to remember what a treasure the Word of God is and read it regularly.
Some scriptures are hard to understand, but the old saying is true: the main things are the plain things, and the plain things are the main things! The Bible offers a lifetime of reading and study of plain things.
Father, forgive me when I take for granted the freedom to read Your Word. Grant me Your wisdom as I read the scriptures. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.