Be diligent in this life preparing to see your Lord

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2 Peter

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;

As we anticipate the day when we will be with the Lord, and what an amazing day that will be, we should be looking forward to seeing Him.  Jesus addressed a crowd and said that there would be those who would call Him Lord but they would be people that He did not know.  I have been very careful not to give anyone a false hope that they will be with Jesus because of something they said or did.  We should be anticipating the return of Christ because we have been saved from sin by Him.  And those of us who know Christ, walk with Him, enjoy Him, grow in our relationship with Him, truly are looking forward to being with Him.

But Peter makes what sounds like a strange directive to us.  He tells us to be diligent so we will be found by Christ in peace, without spot and blameless.  When we see Christ there will be a judgment of our lives lived for Him.  (I will be speaking on that very judgment this Sunday from 2 Corinthians 5.)  We need to diligently live for Him now.  God has given each of us unique abilities that He wants us to use for Him in this life.  Be diligent to use those things for Him.  Last Sunday, as we gave testimony to what Sandra meant to us, it was made clear that she had the ability to show love to us and she did just that.  What are you diligently using for Christ?

“found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.”  I want to see my Lord.  I want Him to be glad to see me because I have kept myself in His peace.  As I live in peace with my Lord I am living faithful to Him.  I long to see the One who gave His life for me.  I want Him to know that I have lived without spot and blameless in this world.  No, this is not perfection but it is a daily striving, daily battling against this world and my own flesh to end each day at peace with my Jesus.  Thus when He comes may He see each of us diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.

Many many thanks to all who helped us load up the truck for Sandra on Sunday.  We pulled out Monday morning and got into Murfreesboro around 6:30.  It is always a great day when God’s people gather together to help each other. 

This Sunday we are looking forward to having the Josh Hedges family with us.  Be in prayer for Sunday that God will use this family to be a blessing to us all and for us to be a blessing to them.

Caleb and Lindsey are driving all day.  Join us in prayer for their safety.

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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