Words from the Heart for Wednesday August 22nd, 2018
Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames.
II Peter 3:11-12 (NLT)
Holy and Godly Lives
Many verses in our Bibles call us to focus on eternity. What are our true treasures and our end-goal? Everything that truly matters is calling for our attention. Eternity is yet before us. We thank you, Lord, that you are calling us to look beyond life as we know it now.
Back in 1911 one of the worst forest fires decimated Northeastern Ontario communities. It was the peak of the Porcupine gold rush and gusty winds caused small bush fires to rage out of control. Before the fires were finally brought under control, over 200,000 hectares were destroyed. The exact number of lives lost in the fire will never be known because of prospectors camped throughout the region. The official number of deaths is 73, but it was likely much higher.
The assurance of God’s love and justice drives the followers of Jesus to live lives that honour Him in every way. It is the assurance that one day all that is wrong will be made right that helps us to live victoriously in this world. The apostle Peter speaks to this in 2 Peter 3:11-12, “Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames.” God has a great plan to bring about justice and peace in this world. He will destroy all that has stood in opposition to His righteousness and He will bring to completion His work of redeeming this world. Knowing that this is going to happen, Peter says, calls us to live holy and godly lives as a testimony to those around of God’s nature. What do others see about God when they look at your life, at mine? May our lives represent His Kingdom well and point others to Him.
These have been words from the heart.