Giving and Receiving Everything
A couple of years ago, as our family was leaving Universal Studios, I overheard a young boy pointing out different restaurants and clubs with bright lights and loud music. He was enthralled by all the area had to offer, even if some of it wasn't meant for kids his age.
His father wisely told him, "I know, but we can't do everything."
I wanted to give that kid a hug and say, "I know how you feel."
Although many of the activities in the area didn't really hold a lot of appeal to me, a piece of me wanted to try every restaurant, walk through every shop, and listen to all the music. But life doesn't give us endless time or opportunity or funds for everything.
This week's verse for our Memory Verse Challenge is the first memory verse in the spiritual disciplines Bible study from our church's Wednesday night class. I love the way the CSV starts it out, "His divine power has given us everything..."
It's not talking about material things or recognition, though. The rest of the verse tells us we have exactly what we need for life and godliness. And we receive those things through our knowledge of Christ.
What a blessed reminder! When we find ourselves far from contentment and our hearts long for more, we find peace in believing that our knowledge of Christ gives us everything we need to live a life of godliness.
When we're struggling to make a decision, Christ has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him.
When we're attacked by the world, and we're not sure how to respond (although we may know how we want to respond), we can rest knowing that Christ has given us everything we need for life and godliness.
We cannot live this life with godliness on our own, but He has given us everything we need.
Below you'll find the two images I always include. One to use on your phone's wallpaper and the other to share on social media.
Thanks again for taking this challenge with me. If you're struggling to memorize verses, try finding a friend to hold you accountable. This journey isn't meant to be taken alone.