Ask, Seek, Knock, Work, Perfect, Hunger, Add To, Give Diligence, Labor, Follow After, Lay Hold, Fight, & Contend
While salvation is grace alone by faith alone (Eph 2:8), the Bible is very clear that after we are saved there is work for us to do through the power of God.
We don’t do works to produce salvation, but real salvation will produce works. “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (Jam 2:17).
All Christians are called to ask, seek, knock, work, perfect, hunger, add to, give diligence, labor, follow after, lay hold, fight, and contend. These action words don’t sound like doing nothing to me.
Here are a few of the many Bible commands showing there is something for us to do:
Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
2Co 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Heb 4:11 Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
1Ti 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.