“A Diligent Faith”
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith... (2 Peter 1:5)
One of the first qualities of a growing, active Christian found in Peter's list is a diligent faith. We remember from Hebrews 11:1 that faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of things not seen (NIV). Our faith is what we know to be true by what the Bible teaches. We are told to live by faith (Romans 1:17), to walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7), and contend earnestly for the faith (Jude 3). Faith is something which caught Jesus' attention. We read of a Centurion who had such a great faith that Jesus marveled (Matthew 8:10). We also read of the people from Jesus' hometown who had such unbelief that Jesus marveled (Mark 6:6). That's what Hebrews 11:6 shows us, that God is pleased through a diligent faith. Diligence carries the idea of a fervent attitude, the passionate pursuit of God. It is someone who is actively striving towards heaven, giving their best towards every detail of the Christian life.
Here's our question, "How do we grow in our faith?" Perhaps I've noticed that my faith isn't as strong as I would like for it to be. How do I change that? How can I gain a stronger faith? Romans 10:17 teaches that faith comes from the Word of God. You gain a stronger and deeper faith by spending more time in the Bible. Read it, think about it, teach it, memorize it - the greater your understanding and handling of the Bible becomes, the greater your faith will be. This requires a lot of time with studying, thinking, praying, meditating, asking questions and seeking answers. But the person who is able to devote their life to learning and living by this Word will be "thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:17), since this Word gives to us "everything pertaining to life and godliness" (2 Peter 1:3).
Do you need to exercise your faith? Does your faith need some help? Start today by spending time in the Bible. Set aside time every day to read from this word, to learn from it, and to work hard (diligent) to put it in action through your daily living!