Speeding the Day
2 Peter 3:10-13
Think of the resources expended annually by the United States Federal Government to study, explore, manage, and preserve the heavens and the earth. Billions of dollars are channeled through the Department of Agriculture, the U. S. Forest Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the U. S. Geological Survey, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration . . . and the list goes on.
These efforts at stewardship of God’s creation are well intended and commendable. “But,” says Peter, big changes are coming: “The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.” We could, even in our day of mega-everything, safely call those “big” changes. While it’s a good idea to take care of the planet, Christians should be doing it in light of the fact that is only our temporary home. While we try to clean the environment by hand, God is going to one day clean it by fire.
As Christians, what should our perspective be on this coming conflagration? How should we live in light of “that day?” Peter ties the end of the world to evangelism, and says we can “speed its coming” by helping “everyone to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:8). Jesus himself said that when the gospel has been preached to all the world, then the end will come (Matt. 24:14). By keeping an eternal perspective on life and the world we live in—by living “holy and godly lives”—we can devote ourselves to God’s purposes and plans for the human race. In light of the fact that “everything will be destroyed,” we should find ourselves “looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.”
Do you have a friend or loved one who does not know Christ? By sharing the gospel with them, not only do you speed the coming of the new heaven and earth, you give them the opportunity to make the new earth their own permanent home. That’s something no government agency can ever do.
God’s Promise to You: “My day to renovate the earth will come—but like a thief in the night.”