Preparing for Eternity
Topic: Faith Scripture: 2 Peter 3:10–3:18
For those who appreciate the national parks, the idea of hiking a trail away from the buzz of a city sounds glorious. A question may arise however in the majesty of creation, “How could it get any better than this?” Answer: there will be a day when the earth will be perfect. More perfect than that one parcel of land that has never been touched (Revelation 21:1-4).
Peter closes his second letter by reminding his readers that the end is coming and a new day is on the horizon. We may see the beauty of a national park but it fails in comparison to the new heavens and the new earth (Rev 21:1-4). The old will be swallowed up with great heat and disappear with a roar (3:10). Since this is the way it ends Peter asks a rhetorical question: What kind of people ought we to be?
We ought to live in holiness, godliness and purity (2 Peter 3:11,14).The Christian is informed of the day when the Lord will end the earth as we know it. In all humility and fear we bow before our Creator seeking to live for Him through faith in Christ. The follower of Christ seeks to live a blameless life.
True faith also prepares for eternity by looking forward, being alert and at peace with God (2 Peter 3:12-14, 17). Repeatedly Peter says, “looking forward.” Are you looking forward or are you looking back? Do you live in regret or do you live in hope (2 Corinthians 9:15). We are to be diligent or awake to be found spotless. We are to be awake and alert as we battle the world, the flesh and the Devil as we seek to be living at peace with God (3:14).
How do you prepare for vacation? There is a lot that goes into preparing for the future. It’s one thing to take a trip, what about moving to a new world altogether?
Are you growing in holiness, reverence and purity or does your heart look more like the world’s lusts and passions?
Are you looking forward; are you awake; are you at peace with God today?
Flee to Christ today and grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18)
True faith prepares for eternity