It’s cyber Monday. (Posted in 2017). A busy day for shopping. Mary has been asking me what I want for Christmas and I I’ve been humbly replying “I am content with life, I want for nothing” but then I went to Home Depot with my son in law Michael. SO much stuff, so many tools and gadgets that I don’t have yet. It’s all so shiny and new and exciting!
But I caution myself with what the apostle Peter says in his second letter.
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 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. 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. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.”
2 Peter 3:8-13
Everything we see and know will eventually be destroyed by God as he prepares a new heaven and a new earth. All of those widgets and gadgets and hobbies and must haves. Even my beloved 57 Chevy truck that I named Rusty. What? Even Rusty? Yes even old Rusty. Only two things will remain, the word of God and the souls of men. We are created to live forever. And we will, but where will we spend eternity?
God loves us and longs to spend eternity with us but our sins separate us from him. He knew that and prepared a way for us to be forgiven and cleansed from our sin through his only son Jesus. By accepting Jesus death as payment and believing in his resurrection we can spend eternity with our Heavenly father.
I’m going to try to not let this holiday season be about the stuff of life in stores but about hastening the return of Jesus by expanding his kingdom through sharing the story of a God who loves me enough to die in my place. A baby who came to save me, save us. He doesn’t want to have anyone die without knowing about his free gift of salvation. He is waiting to return until the last person who ever will believe in him, gets to hear the story and chooses to believe.
Who can I tell about Jesus today?