Many times as I read the scriptures, the Holy Spirit highlights certain things that He wants me to see. One of those scriptures I recently went through is 2 Peter 1 (which we always teach on extensively in Kingdom School)...however we usually focus on verses 3 to 11 to highlight the Christian growth path: “add to your faith moral excellence, to moral excellence knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control patient endurance, to patient endurance godliness, to godliness brotherly affection and to brotherly affection LOVE FOR EVERYONE.
What the Lord has been speaking to me lately was verse 12 to 18 (emphasis added)...read it with me:
12 Therefore, I will always remind you about these things— even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. 13 And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live. [Greek as long as I am in this tent [or tabernacle]. 14 For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life 15 so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone. 16 For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes 17 when he received honour and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”
Here is what strikes me about these verses: Peter knows that his life on earth will come to an end soon (and remember, from the book of John, that Jesus already told Peter how he was going to die – by crucifixion), so here is Peter living out the final phase of his life, and all he can focus on is “I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.”
The question I sit with after viewing this is “will I live my life in such a way that all that matters is reminding people of HIS LIFE and HIS DEATH and HIS RESURRECTION”, or will I become absorbed with the world, things, games and desires that so easily entangle me to be fixated on earthly comfort and security? The answer as a Christian should be simple – I will live for Him, I will die for Him, for HE did it first and has graced us as Church to do the same for HIS glory.
If you cannot answer this convincingly, make sure that you test your commitment and review your values, because as Church it must be our desire to please and honour Him with every second of our lives.
Let us enjoy Godly fellowship and being Church!
Written By: Pierre Ferreira