Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence,
in your faith supply moral excellence,
and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
and in your knowledge, self-control,
and in your self-control, perseverance,
and in your perseverance, godliness,
and in your godliness, brotherly kindness,
and in your brotherly kindness, love.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing,
they render you neither useless nor unfruitful
in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted,
having forgotten his purification from his former sins.
Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent
to make certain about His calling and choosing you;
for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
will be abundantly supplied to you.
2 Peter 1:5-11
Adding to our faith has to be done diligently. It is something that has to be purposed, like Daniel purposed in his heart, for us to actually make any spiritual progress. Diligence has the idea of working at something daily and doing it in a deliberate, focused manner.
What is this faith that we need to be adding to our lives? For faith to be faith it has to be based on something. Just saying, “I have faith” doesn’t mean anything. Faith requires a foundation, something to focus on. The only faith that is successful is faith in God, specifically in Jesus.
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me,
the works that I do, he will do also;
and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,
the conviction of things not seen.
Although we cannot see Jesus, we can still have faith in Him. We can’t let what we see overrule our faith in God who cannot be seen. That is what faith is – faith in the One whom we cannot see, yet we know that He is there to help. We have faith – a strong conviction in God.
For us to have this kind of faith, we must study God’s Word to learn about Him. Whatever the reason you have for reading your Bible, also look for what the verses are telling you about God. As you learn more about Him, your faith will be growing.
I pray that the fellowship of your faith
may become effective through the knowledge
of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake.