Posts Tagged ‘Second Coming


Obedience Is Hard

We’re pretty rebellious as people, aren’t we? We want to do what we want to do and when we want to do it. It seems like we have less and less use for authority. We don’t like to submit and we don’t like to obey. We want to do things our way. Obedience is hard. The apostle Peter tells Christians that it isn’t optional. 1 Peter 1:14 (NLT) says:

So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.

Because Jesus is coming again, we need to live as obedient children. That means doing away with the old ways of living. The habits, addictions, sins and struggles of our past need to be left behind. Pride, lust, losing our tempers in a rage, stealing and living without integrity, sexual immorality and every other sin imaginable are not appropriate for God’s children. As we grow and mature in faith, it means letting go of those old ways of living. It means that we need to obey our Heavenly Father because He is God. As His children, we are called to a life of obedience and holiness. It’s not easy and we still mess up. God is still good and His grace still covers our sins. Let’s take it one day at a time. Let’s start today and focus on obeying our Father in Heaven and being a little less rebellious. We’ll work on tomorrow tomorrow.


The Lord’s Patience

One of the hardest things about being human is learning to be patient. It’s hard to wait. From the time we’re little and can first utter those words, “Are we there yet,” we don’t like to be patient. When it comes to Heaven, we turn into those little kids. “Are we there yet?” We look around our world and know that the answer is, “No.” What could God be waiting for? Peter wrote these words:

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. – 2 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

I know that God wants to spend eternity with us – that’s why He sent His Son, Jesus, to take our punishment on the cross. I also know that He is patiently waiting for so many more to come to faith in Jesus Christ. Every day that passes is another chance for one more to say, “I believe.” May we learn to be patient as the Lord is patient. Let us share the love of God with everyone we meet so that they will join us on the day of Christ’s return.

Our Motivation

Motivation is so important in the life of a follower of Jesus. Some motivations are better than others. Why do we live the way that we live? Do we obey God out of respect and reverence? Do we live for Jesus out of fear and terror? Do we live for Jesus because He loves us and we love Him? Peter wrote:

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. – 2 Peter 3:14 (NIV)

Since we are looking forward to the day of Christ’s return, we should live differently. We need to be spotless or pure and holy. We need to be blameless, which is free from accusation. We need to be at peace with Him, which means that we need to be reconciled to Him by grace through faith. Our motivation is knowing that Jesus has saved us and is returning to take us home. This is something we who follow Him are looking forward to. Jesus loves us and will take us to be with Him forever. Until that day, let us live with the expectation of Heaven in our hearts.

A Day Of Rejoicing

In 2 Peter 3, the apostle Peter wrote about the coming Day of the Lord. He describes that day as coming like a thief. In other words, no one will expect it when it arrives. He also said that the universe and the earth will be cleansed with fire. Everything in this present order of things will be laid bare. Then, something awesome will happen. Peter wrote:

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. – 2 Peter 3:13 (NIV)

God will create a new universe, including a new earth and this will be unlike the present one. The universe in which we now live has been tainted and marred by sin and unrighteousness. The new heavens and earth will be free from sin. The enemy will be done away with forever as he is sent to his eternal punishment. There will be no more sin, hurt or pain caused by the enemy. Instead, everything will be made whole and everything will be restored. We will dwell with God and be His people forever. What a day of rejoicing that will be.

How Should We Live?

Peter, in talking about the return of Christ and the Day of the Lord, asks a very important question. He wants us to think about how we live our lives. Knowing that Judgment Day is coming, how should we live? He wrote:

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. ​- 2 Peter 3:11-12 (NIV)​

He says that we should live holy and godly lives. Since we don’t know when Jesus will return, we should live every single day in the expectation of this glorious event. We need to be ready for Him to come back at any given moment. That means living lives that resemble Jesus’ life. We should live lives of holiness, which means pure, and godly and that means marked by godliness or striving to look like God. This will not only please God, but will also present a consistent witness to a world of doubters who may yet believe in Christ.

Like A Thief

Jesus said it in the Gospels. Paul said it in his letters. John wrote about it in Revelation. Peter wrote about it in his letter, too. The New Testament says that the return of the Lord will come like a thief. This is what Peter said:

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 done in it will be laid bare. – 2 Peter 3:10 (NIV)

A thief does not announce his coming before he comes to rob your house. He shows up when you’re not expecting him. It takes you by surprise and then it is too late. When Jesus comes, it will not necessarily be when we’re expecting Him. For centuries, people have been predicting the return of Christ and every single time they have been wrong. The fact is that only God knows when Christ will return. So let us always be ready for He will come when we least expect it.

The Lord Wants Everyone To Be Saved

Jesus promised us that He would return. The Bible says that it will be “soon.” As we sit here nearly 2,000 years later we wonder what might be taking so long. It may seem as though God has forgotten about us. He sure seems to be taking His time in keeping this promise. The apostle Peter wrote that there is a purpose to the Lord’s patience. He wrote:

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

God’s heart beats for people who are far from Him. It can be easy to fall into the trap of selfishness. We want to go to Heaven and leave this world behind! But what about those who don’t know Jesus yet? What about those who will still believe? God wants EVERYONE to be saved. Rather than sitting around waiting for Jesus to return, let’s go out and make disciples like He told us to do.

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