2 Peter 1:5-10 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.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] 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.”
In going through discipleship at church right now I am seeing more and more that in a passage like this effort, work, striving and pressing in is connected to being saved. Seems controversial to say that works and what we do matters. However, we usually have a misconception of what religion actually is and what following Christ actually looks like. Their is a difference between our “works” and the Eph. 2:10 and James 2:17-18 works that we see in scripture. I am more encouraged by the fact that I can try really hard at going for God and learn that sometimes it is in my own vein ambition but at the same time God rewards those who diligently seek Him.