The Woman of Worth Mentoring Ministries Bible Study group is studying Revelation. Last Sunday evening the passage from 2 Peter Chapter 3 was shared.
The day of the Lord is surely coming, as unexpectedly as a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise and the heavenly bodies will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be burned up. (vs.10)
Until that time God gave some instructions in the waiting:
1. Look forward to that day (vs.12) and look forward to God’s promise of new heavens and a new earth afterwards, where there will be only goodness.
I read a leadership article from a blog I follow on leadership. The writer shared that leaders should never seek a balance of past, present, future but to always be tilted MORE towards the future. A leader may consider the past, deal with the present, but her eyes are fixed on the future. It was not a Christian blog, but as a Christian I always try to think how to apply principles in a Godly way. Can you see where I am going with this? 🙂 Each one of us who love the Lord and call Him Savior are LEADERS – we are Ambassador’s on this earth and our homeland is Heaven. As leaders we are bent toward the future–our final destination is heaven. Our purpose here on earth is not complicated. The world makes it complicated. We make it complicated. God doesn’t. I highlighted only goodness because thinking on only goodness makes me anxious for home. Imagine…….only goodness. Glory!
2. Try hard to live without sinning.
Are you like me? As soon as someone says, “Anna, try very hard not to ____________” well there I go thinking and doing it. Don’t worry! Paul in the Bible had the same problem, and Paul was quite the missionary for God. The only person who was without sin was Jesus. We are not Jesus. I know that is obvious, but some of us (me – don’t know about you) have this really hard time with perfectionism. I know logically I will make mistakes, fail, sin but I can really be hard on myself. Being hard on yourself to the point of you becoming God and condemning yourself is not healthy and probably could be called a sin! I talked to God about number two. He showed me this example. When your child is trying hard to change a behavior yet still struggles do you kick them to the curb? No! You help them a long and cheer them on. Acknowledge your areas of sin, actively move forward in a direction of change, and when you stumble realize that God will always help you a long! He is not counting how many times you’ve sinned and keeping a log.
3. Remember why God is waiting to return. He is giving us time to get His message of salvation out to others.
Who in your sphere of influence can you share Jesus with? A person shared on Sunday at church a sentence her Sunday School teacher shared with her as a youngster – “Your life may be the only Bible someone reads.” God may call you to specifically sit down with someone and share His Word, but more than likely He will put you in situations where living out your life is the testimony that draws someone to Jesus.