Confirm your calling and election: 2 Peter 1: 10

As we continue our walk with The Lord through the Epistle of 2 Peter, we pick up at verse 10 of Chapter 1.  Under the inspiration of The Holy Spirit, Peter writes:

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election.  For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.  I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.  And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.”  2 Peter 1:10-14
As Peter writes this letter, He knows his time on this earth is about to come to an end.  Apparently The Lord Jesus had only recently come to him to tell him so.  Peter already knew he would be crucified. The Lord had told him this after He arose from the grave and was visiting with Peter to let him know he was forgiven, and that he had work for him to do. (John 21:18-19.)  That work was to “feed the sheep”, and so he had done.   But before he departed, he wanted to remind the flock again as to who they were.
For the most part, we do not know how or when we will be leaving this earth, but what we do know is we have work to do while we are here.  The work we are to do is the same as Peter’s.  When we ‘feed the sheep’, we feed them with the grace, and mercy, and kindness, and knowledge of Jesus Christ to help them grow and be strong in the love of the Father.  If one is away from the flock – lost and wandering – we are to show them love, and help as we can.  When we do this, we confirm our calling and election.
Peter wanted those who had decided to follow Jesus as their Shepherd to know that even though he would not be with them, the Great Shepherd would be, and that they would be in the eternal kingdom with Him; led by and through the presence of the Holy Spirit.  This is a truth we must always remember.  We all need a good Pastor.  Someone to remind us of the great love of our God.  But it is the Lord Jesus that we follow.
Peter had already told them in the letter they had the same faith as he did.  He reminds them if they will do as he had asked them to (in verses 3-8), they would never fall – they would never stumble.   So it is for us.
It is only when we fail to walk in faith in Christ Jesus, and in the godliness and goodness that is within us from the Holy Spirit; or fail to show brotherly kindness, and self control, and love to those in our lives, or fail to show The Lord how much we love Him, that we fall into traps and temptations set by the evil one.
We have been called, and we have been elected to sit at the right hand of our Lord Jesus on the throne of Grace.  We are to reign over fear or anything else that might try to come against us because we are His. We are to live in victory because Jesus has bought it and brought it to us.  Peter said I am reminding you of these things, as every good Pastor and spiritual leader should.  And if we will ever remind ourselves of who we are, confirming our calling by walking in faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, victory is ours in every area of our lives – always.
Let us be encouraged, and strengthened and comforted in the Word.  We are called, we are elected, we are confirmed Children of God.
May we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory both now and forever.  Amen.
I love you, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus.  Be blessed in all things.
Poppa B.
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line

 


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