I remember reading this passage when I was in high school and it terrifying me.
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief…”- 2 Peter 3:10
I don’t know about you, but I’m not fond of surprises…
I like knowing what to expect…the time of the event, the date…you know, the exact details.
Yet, here we see Jesus promise He will come back and when He does it will be sudden and without warning…but no exact details are listed.
Though, we are not given a day and time…we do know as each day passes, we are one day closer to His final return.
For this reason, I earnestly pray and fast for my family and friends who are not saved.
Taking this truth to heart, how are we to live our lives? Peter tells us in verse eleven and twelve…
“You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed it’s coming..” 2 Peter 3:11-12
1. We should live holy and godly lives…
“Christians should be different, not odd. When you are different, you attract people; when you are odd, you repel them.”- Warren Wiersbe
We are called to live “holy” lives…lives that are set apart for God.
We are called to live “godly” lives…lives devoted to pleasing God out of our love for Him. Lives that desire to love God with all our mind, heart and soul. Every area of our life is focused on seeing the world through His eyes and loving out of the overflow of His heart.
2. We should look forward to Christ’s second coming…
Realizing Christ is returning should make us invest our precious days in what truly matters….God and others.
Everything else….all the possessions we have worked so hard for will be destroyed, only what is eternal will last.
That’s why we need to run our race well now.
That’s why we need to stay focused on what is truly important in this life and not get sidetracked by “things” that won’t go with us into eternity.
We need to be earnestly watching and working toward our Beloved’s return…thanking Him for His patience as He waits for our dear friends and family to repent and turn to Him.
3. We should be active in praying for His second coming…
“…and speed it’s coming.” 2 Peter 3:12
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come…” we are invited to pray and participate in the ushering of Christ’s return.
“If God’s work today is calling out a people for His name (Acts 15:14), then the sooner the church is completed, the sooner our Lord will return.”- Warren Wiersbe
Ohhh friends, what an amazing future we have to look forward to. Let’s not waste our lives on the temporal…let’s invest our days wisely, pouring our lives into others, sharing Christ and putting our faith into action.
A world is watching and we don’t have much time…what if THIS is the generation when Christ returns?
Today let’s do something a little different. For those of you who have friends or family members who are not saved, go ahead and leave a comment. It can just simply be “friend” or “loved one”….then let’s earnestly pray over the friends and family members listed. After you leave a prayer request comment on our blog, go and pray over someone else’s loved one and leave a comment stating that you are praying for that person. Let’s join together and pray that God will move powerfully in these dear friends and family members lives and they too will receive God’s free gift of salvation!
Love God Greatly!
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