“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
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 done 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 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. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.”
2 Peter 3:8-13
Last week, we reflected on anticipation. In Advent, we are reminded of the anticipation that humanity felt waiting for Jesus to come the first time and we’re reminded of the anticipation that we feel today, waiting for Christ to return—to bring the kingdom fully to this world.
This week, we’re reminded by this passage in 2 Peter that this anticipation… this expectation of our Lord returning not only gives us hope for the future but drives us forward today with a vision for how the world could be a better, more hopeful place now.
While we pray and hope for the Lord’s return, we are reminded that this wait is because God is patient, wanting everyone to come to repentance. This is our task today. While we wait, we are called to live as holy and godly people. People who will point others to God.
While we wait today, we’re reminded that our actions matter. I think it can be really easy to lose sight of what we’re called to do today. Today, we’re to live as Christ called us to and to call others into that same way of living.