Faith in Jesus Christ is not a one-time statement, not a one-time commitment. It is an active effort to pursue a deeper relationship with Jesus; to draw closer to Him; to pursue a life in Christ and shed the sinful behavior that drags us down and draws us away from Jesus.
In 1 Peter 1:5-8, Peter implores those with faith in Jesus to actively pursue a deeper faith. He encourages diligence and provides the building blocks of a deepening faith in Jesus:
“Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love (verse 5-7, NASB).”
You can see in this passage how one action builds on the other. A diligent focus on your faith gives you moral excellence; that moral excellence fuels your knowledge which guides self control; that in turn delivers perseverance which delivers godliness and brotherly kindness; which in turn causes us to love. Each one builds on the other. It is an active faith that prompts us to love others as God loves them. It is a faith based on understanding God’s desires, not one built on our desires and our knowledge.
Day to day it can be a challenge to persevere in faith in Christ. But Peter encourages us in verse 8: “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is a struggle each day and we will experience setbacks. But what is important is that we maintain a commitment to grow each day in these character traits of faith in Jesus.