Peter knew his time on earth was drawing to an end. He knew he was on the homestretch . . . that he was in his final countdown. And rather than use his last days to take all that he could in, he invested himself in pouring all he could out. Rather than taking it easy and ramping it down, he put his shoulder to the wheel and did all he could to stir it up.
I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. (2Peter 2:13-14 ESV)
Peter has just reminded the saints of the divine power that has been granted them to partake in the divine nature (2:3-11). As such, he presses them to not rest in their faith but to make every effort to supplement it. He exhorts them to make their calling sure, directly correlating their godliness on earth to the richness of their entrance into heaven. For Peter, it wasn’t enough that they knew Christ, but that they were effective and fruitful in that knowledge of the glorious Lord of heaven. And so he seeks to stir it up.
He then goes from talking about partaking in the divine nature and reminds them that one day they will behold the divine King of Glory (2:16-18). Peter saw the glory on the mount when Jesus was transfigured. He was there when God the Son received honor and glory from God the Father. He was an eyewitness of the night-expelling majesty and heard the voice from heaven, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” This wasn’t some “cleverly devised myth,” this was real life. Spoken of by the prophets as they were moved by the Spirit. To be experienced one day by every believer when they enter the eternal kingdom. And I write these things, says Peter, to stir it up.
Isn’t that why I open my Bible in the morning? Isn’t that why I purpose to work my way systemically through the Word of God every year? To stir it up? I’m thinkin’.
It’s not just about gaining more head knowledge but about maintaining a heart reality. It’s about what I know being awaken and impacting how I behave. It’s about setting my mind on things above so that I live in the here and now in the context of the there and then.
Too easy to coast. Too easy to ride on the spiritual vitality of the past. That’s why, by God’s grace, and through the illuminating work of the Spirit, I try and keep myself in the Word. The living and active, sharper than any two-edge sword, dividing soul and spirit, discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart word of God. That’s why I read it . . . and hover over it . . . and noodle on it. To stir it up.
Our spiritual DNA was been rewired through the new birth. We have been given all the tools we need to participate in a realm that is out of this world. Him, whom we have met by faith, we will one day see face to face (perhaps sooner than we think). So stir it up.
By God’s grace . . . for God’s glory.