Scripture: 2 Peter 1:12-15
12Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, 14since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
Therefore: Connects Peter’s intention to continually remind the church of these qualities (See verses 5-8) with the Gospel-inspired drive to grow as Jesus’ people (See verses 10-11).
Peter emphasizes his intention to stir them up, to remind them, and to make it possible for them to recall what they have been taught.
The work of the Gospel is to make disciples to Jesus. This requires building relationships and creating the environments that make real-time, real-life teaching, exhortation, correction, and encouragement possible. I love the drive and passion that Peter shows here. He is so concerned for the well-being of these followers of Jesus. Even as he is approaching the end of his days, he is internally motivated to do whatever it takes for them to thrive. However, the “whatever it takes” is bounded by what Peter believes will make the difference: their capacity to recall the Gospel. From the cross, to the forgiveness of sin, to the vision of Jesus’ character and life in them, Peter is determined for this to remain beyond the days of His life.
And so it is for all who hear the disciple-making call of Jesus, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” We love and pour a part of their lives into another not so they will remember us, but so that they will remember Jesus. In this way their life, like Peter’s will become a living memorial to Jesus Christ and His Gospel for another generation.
Heavenly Father, light up the disciple-maker’s heart in me for others to know and grow in Jesus. AMEN.