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NASB: Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble.
NLT: So, dear friends, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Doing this, you will never stumble or fall away.
Phillips: Set your minds, then, on endorsing by your conduct the fact that God has called and chosen you. If you go along the lines I have indicated above, there is no reason why you should stumble
Wuest: Wherefore, brethren, exert yourselves the more, and bend every effort to make for yourselves your divine call [into salvation] and your divine selection [for salvation] things that have been confirmed, for doing these things, you will never stumble.
To what life has God called you? Preaching or teaching God’s Word? Caring for young children? Serving God in the business world or taking the gospel to a foreign land? Whatever our calling, our best intentions and good deeds will accomplish nothing of eternal value apart from the irresistible power of the Holy Spirit. It’s when we die to our own abilities and surrender our work to God that He infuses our feeble efforts with His power. When we seek the Lord humbly in prayer, admit our inadequacy, and ask for His grace and sufficiency, He will divinely enable us to fulfill our calling. He and He alone can make us worthy of the life to which He has called us.
Heavenly Father, I praise You for revealing Yourself in Your Son Jesus. Wipe off the lens of my heart that I might see You accurately and love You more each day. Thank You for Your Word, which reveals Your love and Your calling for my life. Thank you for Jesus, who has made it possible for me to have clear vision with which to see You, Father. Thank You that my effectiveness in Your calling doesn’t depend on my abilities. In Your grace, impart Your irresistible Holy Spirit power to me so that I may live the life to which You have called me. Make me a vessel of Your glory so that those who see my works will look past me and be drawn to You. Thank You for always calling me to draw near to You. That is my desire, so I look to You to work within me Your irresistible Holy Spirit power and energy to rise morning by morning to meet with You. In Jesus' precious name I pray, amen.