Saturday, December 05, 2009
Found in Peace
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.
(2 Peter 3:10-14, New King James Version)
Found in Peace
As I was reading through our Bible passage from 2 Peter 3, I realized that we are not that different from the Jews of Christ's day. What do I mean by that? The Jewish nation was looking for the Messiah, everything in their Scriptures pointed to the day when He would come, but, did the Jewish leaders really expect Him to come in their lifetime? What happened when Christ did come? He was rejected by most of the religious leaders of that day.
Here we are in the 21st century. The Scripture is clear that Christ will come again, and that this world will be judged. We know that Christ is returning, but do we really expect Him to return in our lifetime? You will probably think this is a rather silly example, but though it has been almost 20 years since I had my last child, I still remember those last couple of weeks of waiting. The closer my due date came, the less likely it seemed that I ever was going to have this child. My husband and I used to joke that, when I reached the point that I said, "This child is never going to come," I delivered within a couple of days.
As we look around us and see the events of the end times unfolding before us, as was prophesied in the Scriptures, do we find ourselves really expecting His return. It is not that we do not believe that Christ will come again; we just think that it is sometime in the future, and that we will probably be with the Lord before it happens.
That is not the attitude which Christ desires to see in His children. Peter chides us to be looking for the end of time and to be ready.
Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.
I would encourage us to ponder these things and take a serious look at our own Christian lives. What is more important than our walk with the Lord? How does our Christianity influence our relationship with everyone around us? Are we at peace with God and with those around us? Are we truly ready for the Lord's return? If the Lord returns today, will we be found in peace?
God Bless You,