Friday, December 13, 2019

From the Kitchen Table

Advent Day 8

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.  Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.            2 Peter 3:11-18

So, what kind of person lives waiting for God to show up?  It’s going to be someone who not only believes in Jesus but believes Jesus.  These people aren’t hard to discover, they live in expectation just like Elizabeth and Zechariah or Mary and Joseph or even the angels and the wise men.  People of promise are diligent and devoted, they’ve been dressed in their wedding outfit and don’t want to stain or soil it for the party and the pictures.  The key is to just keep growing in the knowledge and grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Never lose you appetite for the things of God and you’ll never have anxiety about the times of God.  Just keep growing and giving glory to God and you’ll be ready for the pictures and the party when Jesus comes.

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