Our Wicker Baskets

2 Peter 3:14-18

14 Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things (“the new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home”). 2 strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, beware that you are not carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”  NRSV

We have been studying the letters of Paul in Sunday school. We discovered that the author of 2 Peter is spot on when he writes, “There are some things in them (Paul’s letters) hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures.” We have discovered both the ease of twisting Paul’s writings to suit oneself and the challenge of discovering the true intent contained within Paul’s letters. No, it is not easy to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  It’s easy to assume we know, but walking in the knowledge and grace of God takes work and commitment. NRSV

When we come to Bible study like empty wicker baskets ready to be filled with the fruit of God’s knowledge and the fruits of God’s Spirit, God will fill our baskets full to overflowing. God gives us enough to satisfy the hunger within us and to help satisfy the hungers of the people around us.

And, maybe the coolest thing of all, is God knows what unique combination of fruits to place in our baskets.

Be a blessing to someone today!

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