I love it when I am challenged and engaged by others to grow in grace and holiness. Faith and the invitation to be part of the family of God are great beginning steps, incredibly important steps, but it is not a place to rest in – as if we have now arrived. Peter really sets his heart on this and engages me – he wants that grace and peace might be multiplied to me so that I can press forward in obtaining more grace.
It is also my opportunity to pray for others and to walk with them, disciple them, so they too will grow in their relationship with God and to be diligent about it. By not trying harder, there is no gaining any ground in the work of holiness. This is not the place for being lazy.
For this very reason do your best to add goodness to your faith; to your goodness add knowledge; to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add endurance; to your endurance add godliness; to your godliness add Christian affection; and to your Christian affection add love. These are the qualities you need, and if you have them in abundance, they will make you active and effective in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if you do not have them, you are so shortsighted that you cannot see and have forgotten that you have been purified from your past sins.
So then, my friends, try even harder to make God’s call and his choice of you a permanent experience; if you do so, you will never abandon your faith.[b]In this way you will be given the full right to enter the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 1:5-11 GNT
Q. 1. What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him? The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. – Westminster Shorter Catechism