Living in the last days
Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.” They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water... 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. 2 Peter 3:3-5, 9-10
If we are living in the last days and the world is going to come to an end before long then why should we bother preparing for the future if there isn't going to be any future? If we knew for certain exactly when Christ was going to come again, and when this present world would come to an end then yes, it makes sense not to bother preparing. But we do not know when Christ will return. This is how God intended this event to be. From our text, Apostle Peter was answering the question Christians are asking who were going through severe persecution and suffering because of their faith in God. For them, to know that Christ is returning in their lifetime to get those who belong to His kingdom was very much anticipated for it will provide relief to all the hardships they were facing. This was also the concern of the first disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. They asked Him when He would establish His kingdom. He answered by warning them not to be fooled by anyone who claimed to know the answer. Then He said, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32). If we knew when the Lord Jesus Christ will return, we might be tempted to stop doing the work God wants us to do. In one of His parables, Jesus applauded the servant who continued serving while his master was away. “It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns” (Luke 12:43). May it be that the Lord will find us serving when He returns. Christ’s promise is clear that He will come again in glory and power, and all the evil and rebellion and injustice of this present world will come to an end. Each day that comes is closer now than it has ever been before. Are you ready for that day? Make sure that you are not wavering in your commitment to Christ. Be sure that if He does come during your lifetime, He will find you serving and living for Him.
Noel De Guzman www.my-wbc.com
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