“Be Diligent to Confirm Your Calling”
I don’t think I have to convince you that we live in an anxious age. We’re insecure people—not just worried about the future and the state of our culture—but many believers are racked with worry about God’s love for them, about their standing in him, and whether or not he will bring them all the way home.
Our text this Sunday, 2 Peter 1:8–11, is written for the purpose of working assurance in the hearts of God’s people. But this assurance doesn’t come passively. It’s not something that just downloads into our hearts with no effort on our part. In fact, the opposite is the case, and that’s the point Peter is making in our text. He exhorts us to “be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election.”
Now there’s a Holy Spirit-inspired reason why Peter is so intent on us being sure of where we stand. If we’re certain of our salvation and the very great and precious promises he’s made to us, then we’ll be more fruitful and useful and have clearer spiritual sight when circumstances threaten to blind us. Furthermore, (and I think this is Peter’s primary motivation) the more assured we are of our standing in Christ, the more able we’ll be to withstand all the false teaching so prevalent then and now.
Beloved, I can’t wait to work through this important text with you. Let’s dig in together.
Grace and peace,