Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny
Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. For by doing this you will never stumble into sin. For thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be richly provided for you. 2 Peter 1.10-11
The path to the entrance to the eternal kingdom is not an easy one. It requires effort, energy, and constant growth. The gate that leads to life is narrow and few will find it, Matthew 7.13-14. You cannot sit back, do nothing except go with the flow or follow the crowd, and achieve it.
Jesus taught that the kingdom must have first place in your life, Matthew 6.33. You must pour your interest and energy into making it a priority. The necessities of this life, food and clothes, will be provided. But you must invest in the kingdom.
How can you know the procedure to grow in God’s kingdom? It is found in God’s word. Peter gave part of the answer in 2 Peter 1.5-8. You cannot remain still. You must be adding things to your faith. Excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly affection, and unselfish love will help you to be effective and productive in your pursuit to draw closer to Jesus.