Yesterday I wrote about the coming fire. It’s been said before and is worth repeating, that “This world is not our home.” In the blink of an eye, each one us will enter eternity. Our lives are like a vapor or like a flower that is fading. Think about it. Tell me the name of the person who governed your hometown just one hundred years ago. No one remembers them. At the time, they were important. People knew them. They had prestige. They may have been local heroes or even infamous. Now they are just a factoid in some dusty historical book. How much more will most of us be forgotten after we are gone.
It makes me think of a quote from the late Leonard Ravenhill, “Have only one life and soon it will past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”
Speaking of the coming fire, the Apostle Peter asks an important question, “Since, everything will be destroyed this way, what type of person should you be”? Then he answers his own question. Below are the answers from 2 Peter. May God help us to align our lives with His purposes in our generation.
1. People who live holy and Godly lives.
(We are called to be set apart. If this happens we will be a “peculiar” people.)
2. People who are working to hasten the coming of Jesus
(see Matt 24:14)
3. People who are looking forward to a new heaven and a new Earth. (not afraid or avoiding the thought of it, but longing for it.)
4. People who love righteousness enough to live with it forever.
(We should find out what is pleasing to God.)
5. People who make every effort to be found blameless, spotless, and at peace with God. (What kind of effort are we putting in?)