2 Peter 3:8-15a
But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness,waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.
Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given to him,
Everywhere you look, it is a season of waiting. People are waiting in lines at stores, children are waiting for Christmas vacation, everyone is waiting for packages and messages to come from family and friends.
My parents say I was the type of child who loved the anticipation of opening my Christmas gifts, almost more than the gifts themselves. My sister on the other hand made it her quest to find our presents before our parents wrapped them! She looked high and low. When she found them, as she usually did, she would taunt me—threatening to tell me what mine were. With fingers in my ears, repeating nonsense words, I waited until she would go away. I was happy to gaze at the wrapped presents under the tree—in anticipation of Christmas Day.
We are waiting during this season of the Christian year in anticipation for the fulfillment of a story we have heard many times, but never tire of the history changing ending. Waiting in anticipation of Christ’s triumphant return—to bring a new world based on peace, mercy and love. But do we live in anticipation of what Christ, through the Holy Spirit can do through us right now? Right now as individuals living out His commandment to love God with all our heart and love our neighbor as ourselves. Right now in our congregation as the body of Christ, bringing the story of Jesus to people and a community who need hope in turbulent times.
God’s time is not our time—what is a day, a year, a millennium to God? In the time we have during this season to anticipate Christ’s breaking through time to come to us as a baby in the manger or in the time we have to wait for Him to come as King to set up His magnificent reign– let us be open to the work He can do through us right now.
As His beloved, let us be His light to those around us.