Today’s reading I found particularly interesting, due to the irony of discussing a similar topic in my Tuesday night bible study. In bible study we discussed 2 Peter 3 and how “3…in the last days scoffers will come scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say where is this coming he promised?” Doubters and skeptics will go around doubting God, his return and the existence there of. They will attempt to distort your view and fill you with confusion, which is why it is imperative to be strong in the word. Otherwise you may also be lost and live like “You Only Live Once.“
One question from bible study was how does lack of belief affect the scoffers lifestyle? General consensus was that one would in turn do whatever it was he or she pleased. Without future eternal reward or consequence for ones actions, there wouldn’t be much meaning to what is done, there isn’t much to look forward to, anything to work for, the hope is gone. Everything would be superficial and about pleasing the flesh at the current moment, nothing would really matter. After death, regardless of doing this or doing that, would be nothing.
Luckily as believers, we know there is more. There is more than the material things we tend to place such high value in; there is more than the superficial feeling of pleasing your flesh or chasing temporary desires. There is true meaning of love, hope and joy; there is significance, purpose and the promise of eternal life. We have this and more to look forward to.
We have the understanding that although nice, earthly possessions are just that, earthly. They don’t last forever; you can’t take them with you when you die. We know that we have one physical life here on earth but that there is a heaven in which our Lord and savior resides. So we live righteously standing firm on God’s word and his promise. “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forefeet their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels” Mark 8:34-38.
Stay Thirsty My Friends