Monday, February 29, 2016

Be Ready

I am compelled to look like Him and live for Him until he returns.

2 Peter 3:10-13  But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.

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.

The book of 2 Peter has been a great guide to help us see that the Christian life should look different in comparison to the rest of the world. We believe that Jesus gave us the power to live for Him and be productive and useful for a cause that has eternal significance. I have a solid foundation of truth to build my life on and I have God's promises that I will share His divine nature and escape the world's corruption.

Despite the overwhelming evidence for the truth, the world is going to make fun of us when they see that we are compelled to live for him and they will scoff at the idea that we are looking forward to Jesus return. How can you think that he is still on the way? Peter tells us that the length of the wait doesn't change the certainty that it will happen. (2 Peter 3:3-8)
2 Peter 2:9 So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.
Jesus return is still coming, he hasn't changed His mind, judgment will follow and then we will see what is really important. The world and all of the things that it thinks is important is going to burn. Sometimes we get sidetracked by these things but we need to ask ourselves if we want to live for everything that will certainly be destroyed, or do you want to live so that you will have an inheritance in the new heavens and earth?
Romans 2:4-5  Don't you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can't you see that His kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.
There isn't an escape route. The world likes to think that they get another chance, they want to see some more information before they decide that they need to accept the truth, there isn't a second chance or reincarnation or purgatory, we don't get to change our situation or improve ourself after we die. Your relatives cannot light enough candles or pray enough prayers to change what has already been decided.
Devoted To God
Titus 2:11-14  For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave His life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us His very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
Are you ready for that day? Are you digging in the Word to find out how you can be more like him while you are waiting? God doesn't want to wait and change us after he comes and gets us, he wants us to start the change now, the surest way to know that I am ready and anticipating that day is for me to begin to look like who I will be after his return.

The new earth will be a place where righteousness dwells. It will then be impossible for sin to mess things up! And, we will be in God’s glorious presence forever! Are you ready?
Come Lord Jesus Come (