Focus On the Inner Focal

The Daily Selectionary

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Today’s Readings:

Daily Office Readings:  (AM)   Psalm 148, 149, 150;   (PM)   Psalm 114, 115 Isa. 5:1-7; 2 Pet. 3:11-18; Luke 7:28-35 

 

Focus on the inner Focal

Christopher Hodges

 

2 Peter 3:11-18

11 Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, 12waiting for and hastening* the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? 13But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

Final Exhortation and Doxology

14 Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given to him, 16speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. 17You therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, beware that you are not carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him is the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.*

            Holiness.  The simple yet often painful call to holiness.  What is holiness?  One of the definitions from the Mirriam-Webster dictionary defines holy as being devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity.  So holiness is having all those qualities and attributes of being holy.  Our deity as Christians is the one simple name of God.  We come to know God through the person of Jesus Christ.  We have learned of Jesus from the Gospels within the Bible.  We get our Bible from authors who exude holiness.  So what does it mean from 2 Peter to “lead lives of holiness and godliness?”  Your answer is as good as mine.

                To me, to live a holy and Godly life is to embrace all that I can attain from whatever and wherever I may find some spiritual gratification.  Since I have started to embark on this journey to read scripture and actually meditate on these words, I feel that I have entered into something that is quite extraordinarily holy.  It forces my mind to constantly focus on these historically spiritual scriptures that point the way to God.  Therefore, I feel closer to Godliness.  It is only something that I can aim for.  I will never achieve complete holiness or Godliness, but it is definitely something I can strive for.  We are all constantly embittered with complete craziness in our lives.  The economy is something very questionable.  Every day we hear of another war brewing.  We often times compromise part, if not all, of ourselves in our secular daily careers.  We can feel guilty and selfish if we want a little “me” time.  It is completely understandable.  As human beings, companionship is like a built in electronic chip.  We become people-pleasers and we often times forget about ourselves.  When we lose ourselves, we lose our grounding in our foundation of faith. 

                It is difficult to become holy.  And Godly.  Simply put.  We also know, however, that God will never leave us.  Through all the turmoil of our lives, even though we easily forget that He is there, he has not forgotten where He is.  The old Southern Gospel song, “One Day at a Time” just started playing on my internal radio frequency.  (Crazy, I know.)  But that is what it takes.  There is another goof-ball saying in the south, it may be other places by now; but a District Manager of mine from years back at one of my retail company adventures said to me one time about how to clean up a store and make sales and lead and develop a team, etc.  I asked her how do I do so much?  She answered, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”

                That is what we are to do.  Even though it may be impossible to attain pure holiness and Godliness on this planet in our flesh, it is possible to make sure we are at least trying.  Every morning is a brand new adventure.  And God is bigger than any elephant.  Just take Him one prayer at a time.

Daily Scripture readings are taken from The Episcopal Church Lectionary and can be read in full at www.satucket.com/lectionary.  NRSV translation of the Holy Scriptures.  Please feel free to pass along this email to whomever you feel may benefit from it. – Christopher Hodges  2010   email: ChristopherHodgeWriter@gmail.com

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