Most people spend their lives, gathering trinkets, all of which will someday be dissolved and consumed by fire, ultimately. The God who formed every visible thing out of atoms, would one day release them from their responsibilities, for a time, and allow all things to be dissolved.
📖 READ: 2 Peter 3:10-18
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives (2 Peter 3:11)
Even though the Rapture of the Church, the Tribulation and the one-thousand-year reign of Christ on Earth would precede this event, it is good to be reminded that everything we see about us is temporary and will soon be dissolved.
In view of this, wise people look for better investments than can be found on the planet earth. Jesus says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20. but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19-20).
Peter said that the coming dissolution of all things calls for holy living, on our parts. What an object lesson! Every sign of decay is to remind us of our Holy God and our responsibility to live in His holy will that is never burdensome. Every sign of rust on our automobiles is a message to us that we live holy. Every building that is falling apart and returning to the earth is a reminder that we should be holy in our conduct, knowing fully well that we return to the mother earth soonest, if Christ tarries.
Someone once said: There’s only one life; It will soon be past; Only what’s done for Christ will last. What do you possess that cannot and won’t be dissolved in the eternal inferno that would engulf the world at the end of the day? Why wasting all the time on these ephemeral things, then?
1. Lord Jesus, please forgive me for living my life outside of You, in the past.
2. Pray for the grace to be consecrated to God in holy living.
3. Pray for our leaders that they may realise that the position they occupy now is but for a short time, regardless of how long they stay put, and so would consider their latter end.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Jeremiah 52; Lamentations 1 – 3