I copied a whole passage below to make it easier on you. You may have read this before but I think it’s worth reading again.
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.2 Peter 1:3-11
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 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. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your callingand election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This passage is not new to me but I read it last week and found something new, something I had not focused on before. Two words really, “increasing measure.” Do you see it there in verse eight? To me, this is sanctification. This is the process of being a Christian, a follower of Christ. It is cyclical. A continual process. I think that is what is being refered to here as in the two words, increasing measure. We can’t possess these traits once and assume that they will stay with us in the same manner forever. They require effort and constant attention.
We have a promise from God that if we are doing these things and constantly growing then there will be, “a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom.” Isn’t that the goal? That is the promise we all seek even if we don’t know it or understand it fully. We want eternal security and peace. I think the reality is that this passage should be read everyday. We should ask God for verses 5-7 every morning. I need all of those things all the time.
If there is one thing I could convey to someone who does not believe in Jesus or someone on the fence is this, it is a process and we never arrive. Arrival is Heaven, the eternal place. While on earth, we are never quite there, so we must work at it all the time. It is the same in our relationships, our businesses, etc. Saying yes to Jesus may be a one time decision but confirming your answer takes a lifetime of work.
Are you thinking about how you can increase those qualities in your own life? How can you bring to life the two words, increasing measure?