Assurance. Security. Confidence. These are words that most Christians desire in their relationship with God. We want to be confident that we really are God’s children. We desire to have the confidence that we are a part of God’s elect. We want to know that we have eternal life.
In this way, we are not much different from the earliest Christians. They also wanted assurance. In the book of 2 Peter, Peter provides this type of confidence. He tells readers that they can make their election sure. He gives them a promise that they will never stumble. How?
By adding what our commonly called the Christian graces. Peter writes:
Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
Adding these graces requires effort. It requires intentional diligence on our part. In fact we never fully obtain any of these characteristics, but we should always be increasing in them. The result of following these is that we will be fruitful and productive.
Being fruitful and productive makes our calling sure. Those who are God’s children bear fruit for God. Therefore, we show ourselves, and the world, that we are truly God’s whenever we are fruitful. And we are fruitful, according to Peter, when we are increasing in our Christian graces.
So if you want assurance, if you want confidence, if you want to be secure, then follow the advice of Peter.
Add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.