2 Peter 1:5-10
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
-Have you ever cranked your car and without realizing it was running, tried to crank it again? After years of driving a V8 Camaro, I am adjusting to the much quieter engine in my Honda Fit and ended up making this very mistake. When we get ready to drive, our first instinct is to crank the car; if we don’t recognize any evidence of having already completed that step, our instinct kicks in a we turn the key again. I often come across Christians making this same mistake in regards to salvation. At a point in their life, they followed Biblical command and wholeheartedly committed themselves to the Lord; but if they fail to see any evidence of having completed the first step their instincts tell them that they need to start the process over from the beginning. Hence people make professions of faith and “get saved” multiple times throughout their spiritual journey. The problem (for those who were genuine in their profession) is not a lack of salvation; the problem is a lack of spiritual growth. Just like a quiet car won’t give you many signs that it’s already fired up, a Christian without signs of sanctification, increased knowledge of God’s word, and spiritual maturity will appear to be someone who never got saved in the first place.