Ladies and Gentleman… I’d Like to Introduce to You…

(2 Peter 1:-3) Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: (2) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, (3) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

I have been introduced to congregations all of the nation; however, I have had only a few times to introduce others to a congregation. This past weekend, it was my privilege to introduce my wife and two of my children. What Peter was doing in the first verse above can be described as an introduction. Peter is introducing himself!

Peter first mentions that he is a servant. This is the same word used as bond-slave six times in the Bible. Peter starts with a humble approach as one that serves and is a bond-slave. Peter then describes himself as an apostle. This word is also used for the word sent or messenger. In our vernacular today, he was saying, “I am a servant or slave to Jesus Christ and I am His ambassador.” Notice that apostle comes second, not first. It is preceded by servant or slave. There was a vast difference in status between a lord’s ambassador and his slave. Peter identifies himself as both, but puts “slave” first, and in this way shows that he does not want to use his honored position as apostle to lord it over the saints.

That attitude is a great introduction instead of using our position to exalt ourselves. The most important part of this introduction was for all to know we are all on even ground. I believe this should be our goal every week as we serve our Lord. The most important thing is not your title, but your faith. Your precious faith is not based on your title, your good works, your anything; it is based on His righteousness.

The next verse captivated my attention as it reveals the importance of a personal relationship with Christ. Grace and peace come from God. “Knowing God” is the means by which His grace and peace become large and powerful in our lives. I am thankful that in the early 80’s, God sent a servant across my path. He did not exalt himself because of his position. He had just received a position as Assistant Pastor, but the way he acted, I sometimes think someone forgot to give him the memo! Larry Brodie was a servant and an ambassador for His Lord. His profession was a high level job in nuclear plants, but it was clear that he was called of God for a special purpose. This man taught me how to journal. He taught me how to walk with God personally and daily. Years later, God used another man named Steve Curington to sharpen my skills and even help me with a deeper relationship with God. I am so thankful for the “It’s Personal” Daily Journal.

As I reflect back on both of these men, it is clear to me today that the reason God used them was because they were not out to manipulate and demand structure in my life as a Christian, but rather to emphasize that “knowing God” should be a primary focus in my life.

All that I am or ever hope to be; I owe it all the Thee. To God be the Glory! Knowing Him is a related necessity to grace, peace, and His divine power working in and through each of us. Do you know Him personally today? Did you spend time with Him as He asked for a scheduled appointment with you today?

I was blessed to introduce my family as I was in fellowship with them on the road this weekend. May we be in fellowship with Him today and introduce Him to others!

God led Ben and his family (wife, Wendy; and three children, Josh, Caleb, and Hannah) to Rockford, Illinois in 2003 to become the International Director of the fastest growing addiction ministry in the United States. Bro. Burks is now privileged to travel and train others how to help the addicted within their communities.

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