Scripture: 2 Peter 3.
(What is God saying here?)
2 Peter 3:11-14 (NLT)
11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live,
12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames.
13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.
14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
As I studied this passage this morning I likened the teaching to that of a pregnant lady who knows all the right things to do during her pregnancy in order that her child might not be harmed, and that would facilitate a smooth delivery. Most of the time I believe that these ladies look forward to the day that they would deliver their baby, but during the pregnancy the mother realizes the importance of being careful, cautious and very protective. Much like this we, as Christians, have been given fair warning that during our stint here on earth we have several responsibilities that are similar in a way to that of a pregnant mother. We have been given a gift, in the form of the Savior, and we are told how to live our lives, and how we are to look forward to our day of delivery –permanently from this earth to be in the arms of Jesus. Like an expectant mother, we are to be careful to prepare ourselves for our day of delivery by being a good witness and obedient to God’s commands to His children. In fact, in verse 14 Peter reminds us that we are to live peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in God’s sight. To be in a state of readiness, we must:
- Make sure that we have secured the prize (salvation in Jesus Christ);
- Daily devote ourselves to the things of God and be obedient to Him;
- Anticipate His coming to a degree that we are constantly aligning our actions and reactions with the Word of God;
- Mature our faith in God to a degree that the things of this earth will become strangely dim and unimportant, compared to our relationship with Jesus.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, we go to such an extent for events here on this earth – our state of readiness for a new born baby, or for an approaching hurricane or storm, yet we tend to take the ultimate state of readiness for Your return so haphazardly. Thank You for reminding me through this passage today, that this is a vital decision and such a daily commitment so that my state of readiness for Your return will give me ultimate peace and security every day. Please continue to prompt me when I am tempted to do wrong, and help me to be more like You in every phase of my life. I am looking forward to seeing You and want to live in anticipation of Your eminent return. Thank You for that hope and blessed assurance!
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