Reread 2 Peter Chapter 3
2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. 14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.
We are continuing in 2 Peter today, but our topic will be quite different from yesterday. Peter painted a very pointed picture for his readers. As they waited for Christ’s return, and some began to scoff and doubt it, Peter brought the subject down to reality. Jesus is coming back again. His delay is to give men more time for repentance. There will be a time when He returns, and when He does the timing of it will be of no consequence. The only thing which will matter will be, “Who is properly prepared for it?”
The events described in verses 10-12 are graphic. Our earth and the heavens we see above us are temporary. All those things we have enjoyed on earth, even though many are gifts from our Lord, will be destroyed. If the good things we have enjoyed and the good times we have experienced are going to be done away with, how much more will the evil we see around us be obliterated? We have a difficult time imagining that our earth and the heavens will be destroyed. But they will. That fact should cause us to carefully consider how we live.
First, we must be living holy and godly lives. Those who have ignored or not believed in God and Christ will not be living holy and pure lives. They will be engaged in all sorts of unwholesome activities. They will allow their fleshly desires to control every aspect of their lives. There will be nothing good accomplished in their lives. Everything they have done and stood for will go up in smoke, figuratively and literally. Is this the way we want to be living when all this transpires? Certainly not! We cannot afford to be engaged in the same activities that are common to the unsaved man. We have a higher calling. We must begin living out that divine calling.
Second, our attitude needs to be one of great anticipation. It should not scare us or give us any reason to be concerned. It is going to be a great day for those who have believed in Christ and have desired to live their lives in obedience to Him. This wondrous day is one that we should be looking forward to. There is nothing in this world which is so precious to us that we would wish to cling to it, dreading the day when we no longer have it. The only precious things which exist, the only things that are important, are those spiritual victories and deeds that will be counted at heavenly treasures. They will not be destroyed. Our storehouse needs to be full of Godly deeds, done with the guidance and approval of our Lord.
Naturally, our focus will end with the issue of homosexual behaviors. There is nothing about that kind of thought or action which will be of value in eternity. Those who have not repented of such things will not relish the day described by Peter. We are among those who have repented, and continue to repent when we fail our Lord and Savior. We will be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with Him. Praise our Lord!
Prayer: Lord, we want to be ready. We wish to look forward to that day. Most of us, but not me, are young, and still have a lot of life to live. Help them see the message in today’s scripture passage. Your return to take us home will be the most wonderful day of our lives. It will take away any desire we have to remain on this earth, continuing to struggle against out same-sex desires and mourning over the evil we see all around us. Also, give us all the desire to live holy and godly lives as we live in these last times on earth. God have mercy on any who have the slightest chance of receiving You and Your truth.