Wednesday, June 17, 2009

2 Peter, chapter 3

This is the final chapter in the very short book of 2 Peter, but it serves as another warning against complacency. In it, Peter challenges us to think. His opening verse even says he wrote this letter to stimulate our wholesome thinking. This world today does not want us to think. It wants us to blindly follow what we are told. I struggle with this, as it seems I run into many jobs and people that don’t think. To me, not thinking is the same as being dead. You’re just about as useful to society if you’re not thinking. I encourage you, as Peter does here, to always think.

14So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. – 2 Peter 3:14-15

I think this is ultimately what we seek in this world. It is a dark and scary place. If we follow Christ, we know we are not of this world. Therefore, it can be very difficult to find peace. I think that is what we seek in this life more than anything. We seek peace because otherwise our lives are restless from fighting against a world to which we do not belong.

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