One of the greatest sources of insecurity is that of not knowing or being assured of one’s status in a relationship or job. This stifles motivation and contributes to ineffectiveness in productivity without personal fulfillment and stability. In the Christian life, lack of security regarding one’s relationship with God neutralizes the believer and prevents spiritual growth. It becomes impossible to fulfill the mandate ... “You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming” (2 Peter 3:11b-12a NIV).
The Apostle Peter issued this warning … “Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen” (2 Peter 3:17-18 NIV). In this passage, Peter gives two essentials for spiritual growth-- understanding and application of grace to one’s life and that of others.
How does one learn of grace? It is possible only by consistently learning and applying the Word of God. It is the Word that teaches us that the spiritual walk is one of grace and faith. God extended grace to provide a Savior for every person. Therefore when that grace is accepted through faith in Christ, the newborn believer becomes the recipient of all spiritual blessings in heavenly places (Eph 1:3). Furthermore … “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV).
There is also the assurance of physical provision … “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4: 19 NASB). But God’s grace is not limited to physical needs, for there is provision for godly living. First, there is grace for forgiveness and cleansing when the Christian has sinned and therefore living out of the will. The Apostle John states the grace promise for restoration to fellowship and being filled with the Spirit … “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NIV). Secondly, there is the grace provision of God’s Word.
The prisoner on the death march to Babylon meditated on God’s Word as he faced his uncertain future ... “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees” (Ps 119:11-12 NIV). He knew that … “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Ps 119:105 NIV). To Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote … “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15 KJV). John concluded … “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:11-13 NIV).
Paul said … “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38-39 NIV). That gives security, assurance and stability to effectively serve the Lord Christ.