While it is true, on the one hand, that all the resources are divinely provided, this does not justify, on our part, a spirit of passive negligence, but summons us all the more to diligence and earnestness in pressing forward in our spiritual career. And so the apostle adds, after this strongly emphasized enumeration of the resources of God’s grace, “Giving all diligence, add to your faith,” etc. There is to be no languid leaning upon God’s grace, no dreamy fatalism, based upon His almighty purpose and power, but a strenuous and unceasing energy on our part in meeting Him with the co-operation of our faith, vigilance and obedience.
In fact, the very provisions of God’s grace are made, by the apostle, the ground of his exhortation to give earnest attention to this matter. For this very reason, that is, because God has so abundantly provided for us, and is so mightily working in our lives and hearts, and developing us from the power of sin, for this very reason, “Add to your faith,” etc. It is the same thought which Paul has expressed in Philippians, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
For it is God that worketh in you to will and to do of His good pleasure.” This does not mean that we are to work for our salvation, for we are represented as already saved, otherwise it could not be “our own salvation.” But it is yet in embryo and infancy, an inward principle of life which must be worked out into its full development and maturity in every part of our life, and to this we are “to give all diligence,” a diligence, indeed, which often reaches the extent of fear and trembling,” a holy and solemn sense of responsibility to make the most of our spiritual resources and opportunities, because “it is God that worketh in us.”
It is as if, with the finger of solemn warning raised, He were standing and looking into our eyes and saying, “God has come. The Almighty has taken this matter in hand. The Eternal Jehovah has undertaken the work, therefore, mind what you do! Let there be no laxness, no negligence, and no failure on your part to meet Him and afford Him the utmost opportunity to fulfill in you all the good pleasure of His will, and the accomplishment of His high and mighty purpose for your soul.”A. B. Simpson, Spiritual Growth, Sermon index. [Emphasis Mine]
Let there be no laxness, no negligence,
and no failure on your part to meet Him
and afford Him the utmost opportunity to
fulfill in you all the good pleasure of
His will, and the accomplishment of His
high and mighty purpose for your soul.
Pretty much what I said in my post Work Out Your Salvation!
Philippians 2:12-13 says…..
So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure
…and that’s a beautiful thing!