Satan tries to distract us from living with hope in Christ's return. He knows that we are the most dangerous to him when we are living for that great day.
Read 2 Peter 3:1-10. When believers live their lives in light of Christ's return, they will live faithfully, work diligently, and pray zealously. They will be lifted high above their circumstances, purified by the hope of eternity.
Christ is coming, in the fullness of time, right on schedule. Plan on it.
Beloved, you don't need a seminary degree to know that Satan does not want us to live this way. He will do everything he can to keep us from believing that Christ is coming. In 2 Peter 3:1-10, Peter sets the record straight: Christ's second coming—and His future judgment—are certain.
Peter encourages us to keep Christ's return at the forefront of our minds. We must allow the fact that we will one day stand before Christ and give an account for our lives influence our decisions now.
When Jesus returns, He's not going to find me in a white robe up on a mountain. He's going to find me hard at work. He's going to find me serving, ministering, and sacrificing. For I am living to hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:23). I am living for my audience of one!
Have life's concerns distracted you from eternity? It's never too late to begin living intentionally for the Lord. Christ is coming, in the fullness of time, right on schedule. Plan on it.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for the promise of Your return. I am looking forward to that day when all will be made new and I will see You face to face. May the hope of eternity with You refresh and invigorate me for service to Your Kingdom today. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare" (2 Peter 3:10).