It’s another election year, and what an election year it will surely turn out to be. No matter which side of the fence you are on, people seem to agree that we need change. It’s hard to go anywhere without the topic coming up. I even found it in Scripture. Take a quick look in 2 Peter, where Peter says, “Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and your election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2Peter 1:10-11)
Did you see it? –Election– I know, I know, it’s not the same election. But it’s pretty clear that this election is even more important than the one being discussed each night this week at the convention and in the days and nights to come.
Peter starts out with a “therefore,” and you may know the old saying, “when you see a ‘therefore’ be sure to see what it’s there for’.” So if you look up a few verses you will find a power packed piece of Scripture that reminds us that God’s power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our firsthand knowledge or relationship with Him.
The fact that the power of God is at work in those who believe should spur us on to make every effort to live out the “these things” Peter mentioned above. Things like faith, goodness, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, kindness and love. Qualities I think most of us would like to see not only in our elected officials, but in each other, and ourselves.
Peter goes on to say that if possessed in increasing measure “these things” will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive in our knowledge of God. But if you are a believer who doesn’t possess them, you are near sighted and blind, forgetting that you have been cleansed from your past sins. (v.9) A powerfully persuasive reason to “make your calling and election sure.”
As believers we have a great confidence of our future hope, and we need to make the most of every opportunity to live that out, making our election sure as we live for Christ and like Christ. You see, God is also clear to warn us through Timothy that “the Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (I Timothy 4:1)
So this election season, let us spend time looking into God’s platform, living out our own calling and election, as we wait for His return.