After salvation, God calls us to shed the old carnal ways of thinking, which enslave us in depravity (2 Peter 2:18-19); and to put on our new self, which is created to be more like God in true righteousness and holiness in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:24).
He does not call us to "play at religion", but reminds us that pure religion is to take care of the needy in our city, especially widows and orphans, and to keep our self from being polluted by the sinful deceits of this world (James 1:27).
If we accept Christ's deliverance from this world, and then get entrapped again by its lusts and immorality, we are worse off than if we had never come to know Jesus in the first place (2 Peter 2:20).
It is like going on a diet and losing many pounds, and then going off the diet and gaining that weight back and possibly more with it. If we get in the habit of living a healthy lifestyle, we never want to go back to the old habits that made us overweight in the first place.
Our walk with God is the same way. We are God's children; and as we walk in His truth and keep His ways and follow His example and guidance, we will be like Christ, who is our very life (Colossians 3:3-4; 1 John 3:2).
Father God, You deliver us from the corruption of this world by allowing us to personally know our Savior Jesus Christ. Keep us from entanglements in this world, which attempt to overcome us again (2 Peter 2:20). Lead us into the unity of the faith with Your family as we mature in our knowledge of and intimacy with the whole measure and fullness of Your Son (Ephesians 4:13).
We want to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior and to live to give Him all the praise and glory forever (2 Peter 3:18). Thank You for the great and precious promises that You give to us, which enable us to share in Christ's divine nature and to escape the human desires which attract us to the corruption of this world (2 Peter 1:4).
Thought for the Day:
The Lord is not slow in keeping His promises as our human standards often accuse Him of being; but He is patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish in the torments of hell, but for all of us to come to Him in repentance, in order to live an eternity in His presence. - 2 Peter 3:9