by Pastor Mark Jordan
So how are things going as you seek to be a neighbor to others while acknowledging as a Christian that you are living like a stranger in a strange world? It means you can’t get too cozy in this world and must adopt a mindset of service. It it means fighting against that inner struggle to live for yourself as opposed to God and others. It means God wants you live the set-apart life so your hope becomes irresistible to those who do not yet know God. Why? Because the day is coming when Jesus will return, and he wants to take everyone to heaven with him!
Jesus’ return was believed imminent in the times the scripture was written. Jesus promised to come back, and the disciples thought it could be any day. As time drew on, some were beginning to wonder if they missed something, or were wrong. Peter, whose life was forever changed by Jesus, knew not to doubt the Lord. We get the beautiful lesson in today’s passage reminding us that God isn’t slow to keep his promise (note that it isn’t even considered that God wouldn’t keep the promise, just slow), but is waiting so everyone has the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus and not perish.
Jesus died on the cross to save you from your sin. For those who believe that, your judgment day is moved from your future to the past…to the cross of Calvary, to be exact. That is a day to remember, that Jesus will return and fulfill the promise to let us be where he is for eternity. Your day to remember is also when you accepted this for yourself, asking for Jesus’ forgivenesss and basking in God’s kindness and mercy, transforming your life now and for eternity. This is why you must maintain a set-apart life, fighting the war within to love for Jesus, by adopting the mindset that you are a stranger in a strange land. Don’t get too comfy in this workd, but live in such a way that you point to God, allowing his irresistible grace to change lives. Forever.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I put my trust and faith in you. Help me to remember that moves my judgment day from my future to Jesus’ cross. May that knowledge change the way I live, now and forever, remembering I am a stranger in a strange land I look forward to the day when you return to fulfill your promise that I may be where you are. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen