3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.

What is the one thing you feel like you need to be a success in life? To answer this question, you have to begin with what you deem as the ultimate goal in life. Our measure of success will be determined by whether we reach the goal that we feel is most important. In 2 Peter 1, Peter told his readers that God had given them everything needed for true success in life, based on the person and work of Jesus Christ.

As Christ followers, the ultimate aim of our lives is to glorify Christ by growing in relationship with Him and pointing others to Him. While these may be simple metrics for measuring our success in life, the effort to gain success by these measures is anything but simple and easy. In fact, apart from power outside of ourselves, it is impossible to truly exalt Christ as we are called to do in this life.

As Peter wrote in this passage, God is the one who gives us the power to glorify Jesus as we ought. Peter went on to say that this is everything we need for life and godliness. There are many measures of a successful life that the world gives, but those following Christ have a clear goal and a clear source of power to pursue this goal.

But how do we access this power? Peter stated clearly that we gain access to this power for the pursuit of godliness through further knowledge of the supremacy of Christ. Jesus has called us by His own glory and excellence. As Jesus stated repeatedly through His ministry on earth, the glory and excellence He has is not that of the world, but given by God the Father.

Let us press into greater knowledge of the glory and excellence of Jesus, that we might be given the power to pursue true purpose in life and godliness.

• What do your life and actions say you consider to be true success?

• What needs to change that you would pursue a greater knowledge of the excellency of Christ?

• Pray that God would draw you into greater knowledge of the supremacy of Christ and that you would rely on His power to pursue this growth.