Proclaim. Mobilize. Equip.
Call 866-865-6253

Everything You Need for Life

May 1, 2020

His divine power has given us everything we need for life. 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

Doesn’t that sound a bit ambitious, even pretentious? What do you need for life: Wisdom for raising kids? Courage in the face of opposition? Peace under pressure? Faith in the face of tragedy? Comfort in loss? Love when you feel alone? Healing when you are wounded? Strength when you are overwhelmed?

The apostle Peter is making an extraordinary claim here: In Jesus Christ you will find everything that you need for life! This challenges the way we sometimes think about Christianity.

We sometimes view our lives like a series of compartments: Work—that’s a whole world in itself. Family—that’s a whole different world. Pleasure—that’s what I do for my own happiness. Then there’s faith—a very important part of my life. Lastly, there are my hopes and dreams.

A lot of folks in church would agree that Jesus Christ has everything we need for faith. But many are not sure that He has everything we need for life!

Think about what that means: What do you need for middle school or high school? What do you need for marriage? How about the single life? What do you need to get through your midlife crisis? What do you need for facing your later years?

That’s all part of life, and Peter says that God has given everything that we need for life through our knowledge of Christ who called us by His own glory and goodness.

How confident are you, on a scale from 1 (no confidence) to 10 (complete confidence), that in Jesus you have “everything” you need for life?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the President and Teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



Explore this topic further

Non-Invasive Faith

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46 (NIV) Suppose you go to the doctor, and he diagnoses some serious condition. He says to you “This will need treatment, and there are two ways we can go about this… the first is...

Read Post
For your gift of any amount

Listener Favorites 2020

The most requested sermons from the past year

Get Unlocking the Bible's Weekly Email

"This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.

Share Your Story and Prayer Requests

If you have a testimony or story you would like to share or if you have a prayer request, please use the form below. If you would like someone from our staff to call you, please include your phone number.

We will never sell or misuse your information.

Learn more about resources
to help you face the current crisis and begin living courageously.

Get Unlocking the Bible’s Weekly Email

“This Week at Unlocking the Bible” features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.