So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
What Peter is referring to when he says ‘looking forward to this’ is the second coming of Jesus. He presupposes that if we are so looking forward to this moment when the Lord returns then we ought to live lives that are spotless, blameless and at peace with Jesus. But of course, he writes this exhortation because he knows that we very likely aren’t doing so. Some of us are living in this way, some are outright living opposite of this and many are living half Christ-like lives.
Peter strongly urges us to ‘make every effort’, to spare nothing in our attempts to pursue a life that is at peace with Jesus. The funny thing is (well, maybe not so funny, more sad actually), is that so many people look forward to the second coming of Jesus as either an escape or relief from this life, but do not live in a manner that when he does come back, Christ would deem worthy of as ‘at peace with Jesus’. Jesus is not expecting perfection, no that only comes through him when all is said and done and we are made new, but he is expecting a best effort on our halves, more likeness to him than not. And that only comes with making EVERY effort to do so. It may seem difficult, because it is. But be sure of this, when He comes, it will be better than anything you’ve ever experienced. Certainly, it will have been worth looking forward to!
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you. Try asking, “What would it look like for Your kingdom to come to my building” and listen to what God might be saying.