Whenever we say we’re going to do something or we make a commitment to somebody we often hear phrases like: “The proof is in the pudding.” “Prove yourself.” “Live up to it.” “Walk the walk.” “Fulfill your commitment.” That makes sense. If we say we’re going to do something then we have to do it. We can’t say we’re going to and then not. Whatever we start we have to finish. We have to do all that is involved, all that it takes to receive the benefits.
That applies to our faith too. In 2 Peter 1:1-4 Peter talks about our salvation that our faith in God has brought us. We have been saved from the corruption of this world. We have the precious promises of God. He has given us everything we need to know about life and godliness. We have become Christians. We have become children of God. His people. But Peter goes on to say in 2 Peter 1:10 that we are to be “diligent to confirm our calling and election.” You have accepted the call of God. You have committed to being one of His elect. Now go out and live it. Show it. Prove it. Do it. You have started with saving faith but what good is that faith if you’re not going to use it and be what God wants you to be? James said that faith by itself is dead (James 2). We have to confirm it. Show God that we really will be His. We will live His way. Serve Him. Love Him.
So how do we confirm our salvation? What do I do with my faith? Thankfully Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:5-7. He said that we are to make every effort to supplement our faith by living and increasing in: a high moral standard, knowledge of God, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly love, and love itself. If we live this way then Peter says we will have successfully proven ourselves and will never fail to be what God wants us to be (2 Peter 1:8-9).
Peter is telling us that we are saved by an obedient faith. A faith that is true to God and what He has called us to be. Make your calling and election sure. Confirm it. Live it. Prove it. Do it. Be doers of the Word and not hearers only. If we will confirm our salvation by living God’s way, then we will have an eternal reward with Him in Heaven (2 Peter 1:11). That’s why Peter said we need constant reminding and recall about these things (2 Peter 1:12-15). We need to be constant in our faith. We need to remind ourselves daily of what God wants us to be. It will keep us on track and focused. Let’s be reminded now. Let’s move forward in God’s way. God’s way works. Have faith. Trust God. Obey God. Prove yourself starting right now. Thanks be to God for His awesome grace that allows us to do His will and be His!