Did you know that God saved us to put us to work? Some of us may believe that once we get saved, we can sit back, relax, and let God take care of everything while we kick up our feet. However, the Christian life was given to us by the Lord so we could use what he gives us to carry out due diligence in our character that is reflected in our actions.
Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:2-4 that we are given God’s grace, peace, and knowledge through the Lord Jesus. All of that is supplied by his divine power, which gives us “all things that pertain to life and godliness.” And there are so many of these “all things” that it would take volumes to cover them.
Along with all of that, we get “exceeding great and precious promises” which make it possible for us to be “partakers of the divine nature” since the Lord helped us escape the world’s ways. This package deal has so much in it, we won’t be able to fathom it all in this life, but that shouldn’t stop us from at least trying. Which brings me back to our due diligence.
What are we to do with all of it?
Since God has given us such extensive and massive gifts, there is some expectation and responsibility at our end if we want them to work to our advantage. The gifts may be free, but how we use them will cost us. By that I mean it will put us at war within ourselves as our flesh strives against the Holy Spirit in us.
Peter goes on to say starting in 2 Peter 1:5, “And beside this”–meaning beside all that God has given us as mentioned above–“giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”
Due diligence to increase faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and unconditional love should be the purposeful goals in the Christian life. When we focus on these things, they cause us to be fruitful in and for the Lord Jesus (v. 8). If we lack these traits as Christians, according to v. 9 it’s because we are spiritually blind even as Christians and are short-sighted, forgetting that Christ purged us.
But, as v. 10 says, if we “give diligence” to make our calling and election sure (i.e. if we examine ourselves thoroughly to make sure we’re saved), we can avoid falls and will face an abundant entrance into the Lord’s eternal kingdom (v. 11). That abundant entrance undoubtedly will include great and luxurious rewards to be received from the Father. If that’s the case, then Paul’s words in Romans 8:18 are that much more encouraging–“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Harry A. Gaylord