Jesus has called us to faithfully share the Gospel until He returns. As we do, we can be encouraged that we are speeding His coming.
Read 2 Peter 3:10-18. At the day of the Lord, "the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare" (2 Peter 3:10). Christ's return and final judgment are more certain than tomorrow. So what kind of lives should we be living today?
God's Word promises that as you pray and faithfully proclaim the hope of Christ, you hasten His return.
First, Peter tells us that we are to live holy lives—set apart for God's use. Second, Peter says that we are to live expectantly—looking forward to that day. A righteous life lived in joyful anticipation of Christ's return will "speed its coming" (2 Peter 3:12).
The statement "speed its coming" is staggering. Far from fearing Christ's impending judgment, we must seek to hasten the day when we will be with Christ for all eternity. God's Word promises that as you pray and faithfully proclaim the hope of Christ, you hasten His return.
Just listen to Jesus' words: "[T]his gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14). Every nation must hear the hope of the Gospel. So with our eyes fixed on that day, let us work diligently to proclaim the Good News, bearing in mind that "our Lord's patience means salvation" (2 Peter 3:15). As long as Christ's return is yet to come, there is still time for us to proclaim to the nations, "It's not too late!"
Prayer: Jesus, I pray for Your work in the world—may many come to a saving knowledge of Your Gospel. Give Your people strength, perseverance, and great love to fulfill Your Great Commission. Use me to proclaim Your Truth today. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming" (2 Peter 3:11-12).