Saturday, May 03, 2008
Are You Ready?
In recent weeks, there have been a spate of news stories on WorldNetDaily and prophecy websites dealing with some coming astronomical events.
This story about the blood moons is a good example of it. While I find these stories intriguing, my mind was actually taken up with another idea.
In the evangelical church, we talk now and then about the Lord's return. Some of us even talk about longing for it. Some of our Emergent friends get irritated when the subject of the Second Coming comes up. They're more concerned about heaven as a place on earth than they are about a future coming new heaven and new earth. But even among those of us who haven't abandoned the "Blessed Hope," I have to ask a question.
Do you REALLY want the Lord to return now? Are you REALLY ready?
Let's look at something from the Apostle Peter . . .
This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness (2 Peter 3:1-11)?
Did you note the last line especially? What sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?
Here's another one from the Apostle John . . .
And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (1 John 3:3).
For some time now, I have been concerned that it's becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between professing Christians and non-Christians. In speech. In behavior. In morals. You name it. Rather than biblical Christianity and godly behavior, we have a vague spirituality with no demands. In reality, self is the god instead of the God of the Bible.
Are we REALLY ready to face God?