In light of heaven, how do we live today?

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2 Peter 3

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Peter, led by the Holy Spirit of God, tells us of a coming day when God will destroy this earth and will create a new one in righteousness where sin will never enter.  We who know the Lord and love His word look forward to this great and coming day.  (As an aside, I am not an environmentalist because all that they are trying to save God is going to destroy in a moment since it is all tainted by sin.)

But Peter’s emphasis is not on God’s coming destruction and renewal but on how this revelation affects our lives today.  So he asks, “what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness?”  Since we now have a right perspective of this earth and of its stuff, how should we live?  Well, first he tells us that we should live holy and godly lives, which lives are above this tainted world.  A friend of mine worked for Mercedes.  They have him a brand new SUV that was going to be crushed at 50,000 miles.  The knowledge that this beautiful and expensive car was going to be crushed kept my friend from getting attached to it.  In fact he named it “crusher.”  Peter wants us to know that this world is going to be crushed and wants us to have a right perspective of it.  We are to live above its lusts, its pleasures, its enticements, its ways, and its calls.  It is slated for destruction.

In fact, he goes on to tell us that we are going to (absolute fact of the future) live with God in His new place for us and calls us to look for that place instead of looking for this one.  Where do our hearts long for?  Oh my friends, I hope and pray that your hearts long for heaven and that the calls of this world will ever pale in your ears as you have heard the call of God to you for His home. Live in anticipation, with holy conduct and godliness, of God’s eternal home for you.  When this world is but a shadow of your memory you will be eternally glad that your gaze and your grip was on heaven.

Nancy’s surgery went well, thanks to God for that.  As expected, she is quite uncomfortable.  Do keep her in your prayers and feel free to call her.  If she doesn’t answer, send her a text or leave a message.  Thanks to those who sent her cards. I was with her when a hospital mailman brought her a card from a church family.  It was very special to her. 

Tomorrow we are having a work day at the church from 9:00 – 3:00.   Any of you who can come for any amount of time, please do.  Spring cleaning is a big deal and there is much to be done. 

After church on Sunday we will be loading a moving truck for Sandra Smith.  I am heading this up.  If you can help for an hour or two please bring clothes to change into and stay to help.  Sandra lives very close to the church.  She is leaving on Monday so if you can bring her a card on Sunday it will be our last good-bye to her. 

Have a great day in the Lord,

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