2004-06-21 - Stirring Up
2 Peter 1:12-15, 1:13 says, "And I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder."
Peter, in this passage, is simply saying that as long as he has breath, he is going to remind people and even sear the things he is telling them so greatly into their heart, that even after he is dead, they will remember them (verse 15). It is clear that he is telling them things that he has told them before, because he says in the last phrase of the quoted verse, that he is saying these things "by way of reminder." However, I would like to key in on the phrase "stir you up."
There are three types of people that stirring can be applied too. The first are those who we will never wake. The second are those who can wake up, but may eventually return to sleep. The third are those who need a kick in the tail, and once stirred, stay awake. The first we would call spiritually dead, the second spiritually weak, and sadly, it is true that even the strongest spiritually take naps and need stirring. Once stirred, however, those who are in Christ stay stirred. "My zeal has consumed me," Psalm 119:139.
The first group are like the prophets of Baal, who cried out to their false God, who never awoke, nor could he - because he was simply an idol. These types make idols out of work, the world, and all those things that entice someone away from the truth that is in Christ. The second group seems to be those who can be stirred but are reluctant to do so. To these, we must keep knocking (Luke 11:8). The person we are trying to awake could be a non-Christian, who we try to stir with the gospel, or a sleeping Christian who, (surprise) we also try to stir with the gospel. The gospel of forgiveness in Christ is both for Christians and non-Christians, and for Christians, it is to be the foundational motivation for all we do. To the last, those napping Christians, it shouldn't take much to stir them. They are like a racehorse who is already in full stride, but when the whip is applied on the back stretch, they awake even more and quicken the pace.
Everyone slumbers, and that is why even the best of us, from time to time, need a spiritual checkup. We need, as Peter is saying in this passage, verses 12-15, to be reminded of certain things. There are certain basic truths in the Christian life that, while basic, can be lost in the dust of learning "new" things. The gospel is always to be new to us. No matter how well you understand the gospel, you can never exhaust its depths. Sometimes we need to be stirred up to those little/big things that our faith is grounded upon. Let us not be like the church in Sardis, to whom the angel of the church says, "I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead," Revelation 3:1.
Soli Deo Gloria,