The Apostle writes “to them that have obtained like precious faith” 2 Peter 1:1. That’s the bare minimum because, without simple faith 8n Christ, no one can be a Christian. For every believer there is that beginning moment of personal faith in Christ. You can’t work to obtain salvation. It is entirely God’s gift, received by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). But that faith goes to work once you are saved. If it doesn’t, it may not be authentic, living faith. It is a wonderful thing to have faith, but it must not be an orphan.
But that is only the beginning. God wants to add more to your life. In fact, “His divine power hath given us all things that pertains unto life and godliness” 2 Peter 1:3 assures us.
How godly is your life? Godliness is simply resemblance to God. Is that a big need in your life? If it is, you’re no exception, for it is the need in many lives.
Our lives may be cluttered with many things, and it may be lacking in many important things too, of which we may not be aware. In case this is so, Apostle Simon suggests that we start adding. This takes diligence and hard effort. A Christian doesn’t become mature and worth something to the Lord’s work by dozing or being lazy. It rather takes diligence, discipline and dedication.
So the Apostle Simon ask us to “add to your faith virtue” 2 Peter 1:5. The Greek word for virtue has the idea of excellence. The excellence of a knife is seen in it’s ability to cut well, the excellence of a horse is demonstrated by it’s ability to run or pull well, whiles the excellence of a Christian is to be all that God intended. Don’t be satisfied to be a so and so saint. That’s not the standard of excellence. There is nothing in life more important than to excel in living the Christian Life to the fullest.