The word “Appropriate” as a verb means to seize, or take something for one’s own use. I recently heard a sermon from Dr. Michael Youssef that was based on the first passage in 2 Peter.
“To those who through the righteousness of God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours. Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promise, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 2 Peter 1-4
Simon Peter, a servant and apostles of Jesus Christ, was telling his listeners not to be corrupted by the many conflicting messages that were surfacing. Peter, who had committed the utmost sin by denying Christ three times before his death, was telling them that it is never too late with God. No matter what our past and no matter what our sin, it is never too late to accept the ultimate gifts from God. “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us his own glory and goodness.” His divine power has given us everything that we need to live a godly life, but we must appropriate, or seize the gift. We must realize this divine power that is given to us to accept it, in order to receive the ultimate joy and fulfillment.
Dr. Youssef used a modern-day example for comparison. Imagine that you are dead broke. Miraculously someone deposits $100,000 into an account with your name on it but you had no idea how to accept or access it. You are in the process of going bankrupt but that money is useless because you can’t get your hands on it. In the same way, we have been given everything we need, we just need to appropriate it. We must start writing checks from that account. God has endowed us with “All” of the incredible blessings that this life should offer. Appropriate this gift so you can life victoriously and accomplish everything that God has planned for your life.