Today’s Reading: 2 Peter 3:1-18
Key Verse: “But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.” 2 Peter 3:13
Christian author Phillip Yancey wrote, “Although [most] of us believe in an afterlife, no one much talks about it. Christians believe we will spend eternity in a splendid place called heaven . . . isn’t it a little bizarre that we simply ignore heaven acting as if it doesn’t matter?” Does heaven matter?
We need to realize, what we think about Heaven determines what we think about the present. C.S. Lewis said, “It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this one.”
It is easy to get so swamped with things here on earth, as we get squeezed by our jobs, the finances are tight, and our relationships are going sour. When those kinds of things are happening it is not easy to meditate on the glories of heaven.
In 2 Peter 3:11-14 Peter addresses this very concern. The word translated “ought”(dei) refers to obligation including the idea of owing a debt to someone. The question is, “Do you sense an obligation to live with an eternal perspective?” Peter is saying, “If you don’t, you should” The Living Bible conveys the idea: “And so since everything around us is going to melt away, what holy, godly lives we should be living!” “How astoundingly excellent you ought to be!” Heaven is our real home and we need to live accordingly.
What kind of people ought we to be then? We’re not living for this world; we’re aliens, strangers, refugees and foreigners. We as Christians are not a part of this world system, we are commanded not to love the world, neither the things that are in the world. It’s not our place. We are pilgrims who belong to a heavenly place.”