My daily journaling from God’s Word, SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading 2 Peter 3.
“This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder.” – 2 Peter 3:1
Peter saw what he was to do was to stir up, awaken, arouse, render active. He especially wanted to do this because he realized his death was near. (2 Peter 1:13-14). He was not concerned with being original— only reminding them of what to expect. He didn’t mind telling them what they already knew.
My ministry—and gifting—are to stir people up. Too often I worry about having something to say that no one has ever heard before. Don’t worry about this. Most people don’t need new information, they simply need to do what they already know.
Father, you have given me so much truth. And You’ve given me the ability to communicate it with energy and enthusiasm. This is a precious gift, and one for which I will render account of how I’ve used it. Might I be faithful. Might I cultivate both the gifts and messages You’ve entrusted to me. And I ask for ever-increasing opportunities to stir up Your people to love and serve you!
All for Your glory, Amen.