Devotion for Tuesday after the 2nd Sunday in Advent (12/8)
2 Peter 3:1-13
“Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” 2 Peter 3:11-13
The Christian life this side of glory involves a lot of waiting. What sort of people should we be while we wait?
St. Peter tells us: We should be living lives of holiness and godliness. He does not say that we should live lives of holiness so that we may be saved; in this whole chapter Peter is obviously addressing people who, through faith alone, are already Christians. We Christians are to be holy and godly while we wait for Christ to return in judgment and glory.
So what does that look like? Go to church and bring the grandkids. As far as it depends with you, be at peace with all. Be generous with everything, and if anyone asks why you’re generous, tell them it’s because Jesus Christ has been so generous to you. Learn solid hymns by memory and sing them when your heart is feeling down. Defend your neighbor’s office, body, wife, belongings, and reputation. Don’t fake happiness, but also don’t let the troubles of this world steal your joy in Christ Jesus. Show up to work and do your job. Get to know your neighbors and invite them to church so you’ll see them in the Resurrection.
And above all, look hard for the signs of worldliness in your own life. What do you love more than Jesus? Cast it out – it is better to enter the kingdom of Heaven without it than to burn along with this world. The world to come, which our God is preparing for us, is a far better reward than all the money and power in this one. So don’t get distracted – keep your eyes on the life of the world to come, where righteousness dwells.
O Lord Jesus, while we wait for Your return, deliver us from worldliness, protect us from the devil’s lies, and forgive us our sins. Amen.
These Advent devotions are from the devotional, "Now, At the Last, and Unto Eternity," by the Brothers of John the Steadfast. Shared with permission. Find out more about Brothers of John the Steadfast at http://www.steadfastlutherans.org.
Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (“The Holy Bible,” English Standard Version®), copyright ® 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.