Priorities that occupy the believer’s life
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. 2 Peter 3:9-13 When God told His followers that there will be judgment, His purpose on telling them is so that Christians will be mindful in making important decisions in life. Their decisions should be guided on the basis of what is eternally significant and what is not. From our text, Peter warned Christians that a cataclysmic time of judgment was about to come. On the day of the Lord there will be a great noise, and the elements will melt with a fervent heat. On that day, he warns that the earth will be consumed. Peter assures us that this is not mere speculation; it is certain and forthcoming. Being mindful of the coming destruction, Christians are called to live lives characterized by godliness. So the question that applies to every believer is this while waiting for Christ’s return: “What kind of person I ought to be?” God is reminding His followers to always check their priorities. Many Christians attach great value to temporal things. Hobbies, pleasures and possessions are the things that consume people’s lives leaving them little time or energy to invest in what is eternal. More than anyone else, Christians should be sensitive to the times in which they live. They should walk so close with God that if He were preparing to bring judgment upon this world that they could call out on those in imminent danger. Christians are called to help those who have not come to know Christ hear about God and His love. Christ will keep His promise of His return and while waiting take part in building His kingdom. Live your life with a sense of urgency always anticipating that the Day of the Lord will come. “The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:20-21).