Braveheart, Coffee, and the Gospel
“That Will Wake you Up in the Morning Boy” (the greatest movie of all time)
I have terrible vision. Without my contact lenses, I couldn’t pick my wife out a group 10 feet in front of me. When Haley and I first got married she brought her coffee-loving husband a cup of steaming hot coffee in bed. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my glasses on yet and so while reaching for my glasses, I dumped a whole cup of hot coffee onto my half-awake body and our brand new bed linens. You see, what my wife didn’t realize was that I am so nearsighted that I am actually considered to be legally blind.
The Key: Seeing the Gospel
The more I grow in my faith, the more convinced I become that the Gospel is the key, not only to my salvation but to my day-to-day sanctification. Now this may not seem like an important distinction to you yet, but let me share with you what I read this morning in 2 Peter.
“For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.” (2 Peter 1:8-9)
We Are Supposed to be Growing
In the couple verses prior to this, Peter lists off a very typical epistle-like list of the Godly characteristics that we should be seeing in our lives. He argues that if you (or those close to you) look at your life and it appears that your Spiritual growth has stalled out, there’s a problem. More specifically he argues, that if you don’t see the increase (vs. 8) of virtue, knowledge, self-control, godliness, brotherly affection, and love then something is wrong.
The Problem is Bad Vision
Then in verse 9, Peter gives the diagnosis. He doesn’t say that our problem is that we lack discipline, or effort, or motivation. He doesn’t say that the problem is that our church has failed us. He doesn’t say that our self-esteem is too low. He argues that the reason that our spiritual growth stalls out is that we don’t LOOK at the Gospel. In fact, Peter says that this type of Christian is so nearsighted that he is blind and that this nearsightedness is bad that is handicaps our growth.
The implications here are huge. This means that our struggle in sanctification is not from a failure of discipline, but from a failure to see or remember the Gospel. In fact, Peter says that self-discipline comes FROM looking at the Gospel, not the other way around!
The bottom line is this: when we fail to remember our Justification… we will always struggle in our sanctification.
So may we remember to always live “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.” (Heb. 12:2)