2 Peter 1:1-3
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: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 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:
We have been called to glory and virtue by Jesus Christ. Glory is an outward thing and virtue is an inward thing. Many people desire the glory of recognition and reward on the outside but not many are willing to submit that recognition and reward to inward virtue.
Power on the outside that is not accompanied by and controlled by the proper virtues on the inside is ruthless, self-serving and destructive. You have most likely known someone in your life that had been afforded some type of outward power or position that did not have the inward virtues to control that power and use it in a constructive way that benefited those exposed to it.
Simon Peter teaches that we have been called to outward glory but that glory must be accompanied by inward virtue. It is apparent that there are plenty of ravening wolves in sheep’s clothing in the world today. We see outward glory and power without inward virtue on the job, in the government, in churches and anywhere else you care to look. I would suggest that the reason for that is because as a world or civilization we have rejected Jesus Christ, the source of all beauty and virtue. Righteousness, grace and peace come to us through the unconditional love and forgiveness afforded by Jesus Christ. Yet so many times we assume the Judgment Seat ourselves and decide who is worthy of our time and who is not.
May Jesus Christ, the King of kings and LORD of lords have mercy upon us and teach us how to love as He does.