Make ever effort, By Eric Camfield
This past year I read a book by Stephen Smith called Inside Job: Doing the Work Within the Work. At the May 2019 Altar Fly Fishing Retreat, we took one day to reflect on a passage of Scripture (2 Peter 1:3-11) that was highlighted in this book as one considers the character, the inside work of our lives. Take a moment and read these verses and I will make just a few comments that may serve your own reflections as you consider the inside work of your life.
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.
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, make every effort to confirm your calling and 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.
First, God has already given you everything to know Him and grow in your faith. Knowing God is not just knowing facts about God. Knowing is a relational knowledge like you know a friend, spouse, or child. There is intimacy. You are called into a relationship. God has made the way for such a relationship with him.