“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 in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives”
During the holidays, many of us host parties and meals for friends and family. These events generally come with a lot of preparation and expense. Cleaning, fixing, shopping, cooking, and decorating all make for some very hard work. But why? Why do we go to so much trouble for an event that will last for only a few hours?
It’s common for those of us getting ready to return home for a high school reunion to go through a makeover. Dieting, exercise, and new clothes are generally involved in our preparation. Then there’s all that meticulous planning that goes into weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays.
One reason for all the effort is we don’t want to look bad. We want to put ourselves in the best possible light. It’s important that we show our classmates from the past we’re still looking youthful, and we are successful and prosperous.
For our guests, we want to show them how much they mean to us. Special people on special occasions give cause for celebration. Naturally, the importance of the event, or the status of the guest will determine the extent of the effort.
In today’s focus text, the Apostle Peter tells us about a special event that requires preparation like no other. And we must start preparing now. The earth, and life as we know it, is coming to a cataclysmic end.
Peter doesn’t give us a day or a time. Nor did the Lord who said, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)
As a pastor’s family living in the pastorium (church-owned home also called a parsonage), we remained on high alert for the white-glove test administered by one of the deacon’s wives. With two small boys, readiness was an extreme challenge. Come to think of it, I’m not sure there was anything we could have done to please that dear curious saint. But we did our best.
Readiness isn’t easy — but it is necessary. Effort is involved.
True enough, we are redeemed, saved by the precious blood of the Savior. But we still have a mandate to live “holy and godly lives.”
The picture Peter paints of “the day of the Lord” is one of destruction and mayhem. “The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.” There are many theories on how this annihilation will come. But no one really knows any more than we know the day or the hour. Again, the emphasis is on readiness.
If you are a Christian, this event is not something to dread, but something to look forward to — because believers will be spared. “We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
Peter asks a question that all of us should ask ourselves every day. “What kind of people ought you to be?” What kind of person should you be?
Get ready for the biggest event of your life. The King is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him today? Have you dedicated your life to Jesus? If not, confess your sins and receive Him now. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
For more on the subject of eternal life and heaven, check out this article: The Lamb’s Book of Life
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.