Any day now

This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory. I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles. (‭2 Peter‬ ‭3‬:‭1-2‬ NLT)

…stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory.

…remember what the holy prophets said…

…and what our Lord and Savior commanded…

Peter wrote this while assuring the people that the Lord’s return was coming and that judgement would happen. That people will laugh off the truth and come up with their own plan insisting that Jesus hasn’t come back yet, so he must not be coming back at all. And this was all only a few years after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Now, two-thousand years later, many are living their lives as if there is not going to be a judgement day. Many Christians included.

Right now it would be wise for all of us to “stimulate our wholesome thinking” and to “remember” the words of the Bible. A day is like a thousand years to God and a thousand years like a day. (2 Peter 3:8) And the fact that God has spared us the day of judgement up to this point is a clear sign of his grace and mercy. He doesn’t want anyone to be destroyed but wants everyone to repent. (v. 10)

How are we living our lives each day knowing that at any moment The Lord is going to return? Are we keeping the words of the Bible fresh in our memory by reading them every day. Are we living holy and godly lives while we look forward to this day with anxious anticipation? It will be an amazing day indeed for those of us that have chosen The Lord Jesus as our Savior and Redeemer. But it will be an awful day of reckoning for those that have chosen their own way. A day when they will clearly see what God has tried to show them throughout history. There is only one way to be saved – Jesus.

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭6‬ NLT)

And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight. (‭2 Peter‬ ‭3‬:‭14‬ NLT)

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Why church?

When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. (‭Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭12‬ NLT)

That sums up the reason to be involved in a church family perfectly. 

I can always find reasons to justify why I’m not going to church as often as I should be or why I’m not actively involved with other Christians in small groups or other activities. 

I tell myself … “I can praise God loud and proud in my kitchen, in my car, etc.” – o.k.

I tell myself … “I can read the Word and pray daily. On my own and with my family.” – great

I tell myself … “I can listen to great Christian teachers on the radio all day long. Or watch church on t.v. or a podcast.” – wonderful

But even if all of this is true, I am still missing out on the chance to encourage Christian brothers and sisters and to be encouraged by them. 

The Christian church has always been the body of Christ.  (I Corinthians 12:12)  It is not intended to be a bunch of individuals operating exclusive of one another, but rather a chorus of people working together to be the salt and the light in their communities. If God intended us to be on our own, he probably would have given each of us at least a little bit of all of the different gifts and talents.  But instead we each have our own gifts that we are meant to use together to accomplish the mission of the Great Commission.  (Matthew 28:19)