“Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble.” – 2 Peter 1:10 HCSB
We’ve considered how repetition births mastery in the things of God. Today, we will see how diligence comes to play.
We are asked to be diligent in several portions of the word of God. Apostle Paul puts it this way in his letter to the church at Rome.
“not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;”
Romans 12:11 NKJV
In 2 Timothy 2:15, we are told to study, which actually means to be diligent. By diligence, we present ourselves “approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Peter tells us to be even more diligent to make our call and election sure. (2 Peter 1:10)
Therefore, we know we are to be diligent. We know we cannot afford to take a break in the things of God. We are supposed to continue in them.
The question is “why?” Well, if we choose not to be diligent, beyond what we stand to gain, there’s what we stand to lose.
One of the greatest privileges salvation bestowed on us is the ability to fellowship with God.
By being diligent with our quiet time, we get to take advantage of this privilege. We get to have a positively enviable and quality Father-Son/Daughter relationship for which Jesus died for.
Why would anyone pass up such a wonderful experience?
Flowing from this relationship is our ministry of reconcilation. A work we must take seriously. (Mathew 28:19-20, Ephesians 2:10, 2 Corinthians 5:19-20)
Surely, you will agree many lives are dependent on this ministry of reconcilation and that they will perish if we are not diligent with it!
Can you see why you have to be diligent?
Another reason diligence is a neccesary virtue for us is that the devil will not stop “trying” us because we are now new creations.
In 2 Peter 1:10, Apostle Peter tells us in reverse that a person who does not give all dillligence to do certain things he listed in verse 5 will stumble.
“To stumble” here means “to err” or “to sin”. The temptation to stumble becomes harder for a person who chooses not to be diligent.
Dear brethren, when you consider what is at stake, you cannot afford to be lazy. It will do you great good if you choose to be diligent.
God’s grace abounds unto you. Use it!