UNDISTRACTED ATTENTION

Peter – The Day of God
 
The sky shall unfold
Preparing His entrance
The stars shall applaud Him
With thunders of praise
 
The sweet light in His eyes, shall enhance those awaiting
And we shall behold Him, then face to face
 
O we shall behold Him, we shall behold Him
Face to face in all of His glory
O we shall behold Him, yes we shall behold Him
Face to face, our Savior and Lord
 
The angel will sound, the shout of His coming
And the sleeping shall rise, from there slumbering place
And those remaining, shall be changed in a moment
And we…(Sandi Patty, “We Shall Behold Him”)
 
This song is in the background of my mind as I read the last words of Peter’s letters to believers everywhere. “My dear friends, this is now the second time I’ve written to you, both letters reminders to hold your minds in a state of undistracted attention”. We are a people who are easily distracted! Is your head in your cell phone right now? Look up, see the Savior and live!
 
2 Peter 3 not slowPeter has our attention as he warns believers of mockers and skeptics of whom they are already enduring. We must turn our heads away from the mockers and hurting jeers to Christ who saved us, went to hell and back for us and is returning again to take us home to the promised place He has prepared for us. YES, we shall behold Him!
 
God brought the world into existence with merely His word and He will destroy it just as easily, “ready to give the signal for the judgement and destruction of the desecrating skeptics.” Whose side are we on? There are only two choices to make, skeptic or focused believer? There isn’t a middle ground to stand on.
 
WHEN is up to God whose desire is for all to be saved. This merciful God looks all over the world for those whose hearts are completely His. ( 2 Chronicles 16:9) Those with undistracted attention on Christ will “hardly notice” when God brings it all to an end. “We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness.” Hallelujah! Blessed be the Name of the Lord! “The sweet light in His eyes shall enhance those awaiting…”
 
2 Peter 3, The Message
In the Last Days
 
1-2 My dear friends, this is now the second time I’ve written to you, both letters reminders to hold your minds in a state of undistracted attention. Keep in mind what the holy prophets said, and the command of our Master and Savior that was passed on by your apostles.
 
3-4 First off, you need to know that in the last days, mockers are going to have a heyday. Reducing everything to the level of their puny feelings, they’ll mock, “So what’s happened to the promise of his Coming? Our ancestors are dead and buried, and everything’s going on just as it has from the first day of creation. Nothing’s changed.”
 
5-7 They conveniently forget that long ago all the galaxies and this very planet were brought into existence out of watery chaos by God’s word. Then God’s word brought the chaos back in a flood that destroyed the world. The current galaxies and earth are fuel for the final fire. God is poised, ready to speak his word again, ready to give the signal for the judgment and destruction of the desecrating skeptics.
 
The Day the Sky Will Collapse
8-9 Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.
 
10 But when the Day of God’s Judgment does come, it will be unannounced, like a thief. The sky will collapse with a thunderous bang, everything disintegrating in a huge conflagration, earth and all its works exposed to the scrutiny of Judgment.
 
11-13 Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness.
 
14-16 So, my dear friends, since this is what you have to look forward to, do your very best to be found living at your best, in purity and peace. Interpret our Master’s patient restraint for what it is: salvation. Our good brother Paul, who was given much wisdom in these matters, refers to this in all his letters, and has written you essentially the same thing. Some things Paul writes are difficult to understand. Irresponsible people who don’t know what they are talking about twist them every which way. They do it to the rest of the Scriptures, too, destroying themselves as they do it.
 
17-18 But you, friends, are well-warned. Be on guard lest you lose your footing and get swept off your feet by these lawless and loose-talking teachers. Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.
 
 
1 Peter 2 follow
SO, look forward, not back! “Do your very best to be found living at your best, in purity and peace. Interpret our Master’s patient restraint for what it is: SALVATION.” “Grow in grace.”  Yes, we shall behold Him…Our Savior and Lord! What a day that will be! The “last days” are only the beginning of forever with God because of Jesus, His Son.
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for these words of blessed assurance, hope for our future with You, peace in our walk and strength for our steps. You are God and we are not. We trust in You. You are the Truth, Way and Life…forever and ever, Amen. Continue to help us live Your best as we do our best to live holy lives.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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