The Results of Our Diligence
Written by Leland Ping on Jan 19, 2015
To be diligent, by definition, is to make a "constant and earnest effort to accomplish" a particular task or tasks. The apostle Peter wrote, "be even more diligent to make your call and election sure" (II Peter 1:10). Throughout the scriptures, the Holy Spirit describes those who follow the Creator as the "elect" or chosen of God. In this passage, however, Peter warns first century Christians that being a part of the elect isn’t an automatic thing or something to be taken lightly. Instead, all Christians, then and now, need to give serious consideration to how we’re living to make sure that we’re truly honoring the great calling of our God.
Just as it’s important to understand that God expects from us, it’s also important to give frequent consideration to the results of such diligence. That is, while we are happy to serve God simply because He’s God and because He has done so much for us, we also should be aware that the Bible tells us in no uncertain terms that we’ll benefit from our decision to serve Him. The results of our diligence should be helpful as we try to avoid growing discouraged and helpful as we attempt to teach others about Christ. One result of diligence is that Peter refers to as our inability to "stumble" (II Peter 1:10). While it’s certainly possible for a child of God to find himself in error as a result of his disobedience, God has promised us that He’ll keep us from evil and will not allow us to be tempted too sorely (I John 5:18; I Corinthians 10:13). Furthermore, God says the diligent man will be supplied an "entrance" into the kingdom of Christ (II Peter 1:11). There are requirements in order to go to heaven. Even Jesus Himself taught that the way to God’s kingdom was through a "narrow" way (Matthew 7:13). Yet, God promises us that He’ll show us the gate and with His love He illuminates the path to the entrance into His kingdom.
Diligence also allows us to be "abundantly" blessed by God, both through our "entrance" into the kingdom and in doubtless other ways while serving God on earth (II Peter 1:11). Paul and Peter both describe the grace of our God as abundant in nature (I Timothy 1:14; I Peter 1:3). And Paul told the Ephesians that God is capable of doing, "exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20). God is truly great and his grace abounds in ways that are made evident daily. As His servants, we are asked to serve Him with, "a constant and earnest effort" in an attempt to do His will and share it with others. The results of that diligence are clear and the work required of us is well worth it!