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May 7 – “Make your calling and election sure” 

“Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 1:10-11

Scripture reading: Philippians 2:1-13

One of the most precious, but also most difficult doctrines is the doctrine of election. I say difficult only because it is beyond our full comprehension. But it is what the Bible plainly teaches (Ephesians 1:4 and Romans 9); it reveals God’s sovereign loving glory, and it is the only trustworthy foundation for the assurance of salvation.

It has led many believers, though, to wonder how they can know for sure if they are one of the elect? Well, Peter explains that practicing the qualities that we have been looking at is how we can confirm our calling and election. That word confirm is most important. Peter addressed his first letter to “elect exiles.” He called them “chosen and precious.” In this second letter, he addressed “those who have obtained faith.” So, what he says here is about how we confirm our calling and election.

If you have made an online purchase, you probably received a confirmation email. That email is not the purchase. That email does not secure the purchase. It is just extra confirmation of the purchase that has been made. It gives you a deeper assurance or certainty about your purchase. Similarly, God elects and calls. The basis for your election and calling is His sovereign and unchangeable love for the Son and for you (John 17 and Ephesians 1:4). That cannot change. But there is a way of living that confirms your calling and election. These verses describe it!

Suggestions for prayer

Thank the Lord for His electing love. Praise Him for His grace to you in Christ. Ask Him to deepen your assurance of your calling and election, and for His help to “practice these qualities.”

Rev. Andre Holtslag is a graduate of Mid-America Reformed Seminary in Dyer, Indiana (2007). At the present time he serves the Reformed Church of Avondale, which is in the city of Auckland, New Zealand, and is one of the Reformed Churches in New Zealand (RCNZ). Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. This devotional is made available by the Nearer To God Devotional team, who also make available in print, for purchase, at

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