I have very few innate musical abilities. Over the years, though, I’ve become an acceptably good musician. How? By hanging around with and working with some really excellent musicians. Their knowledge and skills have rubbed off on me. I still can’t do what they can do, but I’m a lot better than I would have been without that interaction.
The Apostle Peter told us, “…he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).
The Greek word that is translated here as “partakers,” literally means “a sharer.” We become those who share in God’s divine nature. I think that’s amazing. The almighty Creator allows us to share in His divine nature. That’s more than I can wrap my brain around.
But the big question for us is, “How does that happen?”
This verse tells us that it is through His promises. Through the promises of God we become partakers of the divine nature.
Do you want to become more like Jesus, to share in His divine nature? Hang around with promises, like I did with good musicians. Remind yourself of the truth of God’s Word. That interaction will help you develop His divine nature, just like interaction with good musicians has helped develop my musical abilities.
Too often we Christ-followers look at our failings. We see clearly how short we fall of our potential. In doing this, we’re neglecting to look at His promises.
His promises of love and forgiveness to you are paramount. Instead of looking at your own failings and shortcomings, look at His promises of who He has made you in Christ. Recount the promises of His faithfulness and goodness. Recall His promises of His constant abiding presence. It is through such promises that we become partakers in His divine nature.