Every Christian should participate in the discussion about our Lord’s return. It is that important! The apostle Peter described in his letters how things will be when the Lord returns. Based on the information he provided, he asked this very important question: “What kind of people ought you to be?”
So let’s see what the Day of the Lord (the Lord’s Return) is going to look like. That day will come like a thief (when we least expect). And on that day, “The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10 NIV).
Peter’s question then is, “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?” (2 Peter 3:11 NIV). He then gives the answer: “You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat” (2 Peter 3:11-12 NIV).
So we need to:
· Be Watchful – “If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.” (Luke 12:39-40 NIV).
· Live Holy Lives – be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with God (2 Peter 3:11, 14 NIV)
Speed His Coming with Evangelism – “And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (2 Peter 3:12; Matthew 24:14 NIV).
Know the Word of God, be on your guard, and do not be deceived (see 2 Peter 3:17).
Store up our Treasures in Heaven, where there will be no fire, moth, rust, stealing, or any kind of destruction (see Matthew 6:20).
So what kind of people ought we to be until His return? We need to be living expectantly and watchfully, keeping on the whole armor of God, and evangelizing with zeal and excitement. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus come!