14And so, my friends, as you wait for that Day, do your best to be pure and faultless in God's sight and to be at peace with him. 15Look on our Lord's patience as the opportunity he is giving you to be saved, just as our dear friend Paul wrote to you, using the wisdom that God gave him. 16This is what he says in all his letters when he writes on the subject. There are some difficult things in his letters which ignorant and unstable people explain falsely, as they do with other passages of the Scriptures. So they bring on their own destruction.
17But you, my friends, already know this. Be on your guard, then, so that you will not be led away by the errors of lawless people and fall from your safe position. 18But continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory, now and forever! Amen.
Reflection: When I was going through school or uni or starting out at my work, I didn’t think too much about the end of my life. Can’t say I spend heaps of time now pondering the grave, except I see how regularly Scripture calls me to view what I’m doing in light of what I’ll be doing after I’m with Jesus (and entered into eternal life). The finale of Peter’s second letter proclaims the Lord Jesus Christ’s return, before reminding those
waiting for him to “make every effort” to be found leading the life Jesus calls us to – in this life. Frankly, I’m someone who is not always inclined to trying. I’m happy to coast through; that can be good enough for me. So my ears prick up at Peter’s instruction to put in effort. Steadily. When it comes to growing up in my faith and living as a mature Christian, my effort shouldn’t wax and wane.
Question: How does the promise and assurance of eternal life with Jesus impact the way you live every day?
Prayer: Dear God, stir my heart and mind to
constantly remember the hope of life eternal with you, through Jesus. While each day can be full of reasons for me to not focus upon the future with you, cause me to not be lazy or disinterested in living for you. Allow me to make effort, in the power of your Spirit, to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with you and Jesus. Amen.
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