Christ's Return for Our Holiness
“Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace” (2 Peter 3:14).
What does Christ’s return do for our present holiness? Does knowing that Jesus will return make a difference in how we live today? These are questions that are answered in this one verse in Second Peter.
In the context of this verse Peter is writing about the return of Christ and the things surrounding his return. It will by all his accounts be a terrifying day for those who do not know Christ, and there will much tribulation in the universe occurring at the same time. And it is for these things that we as the church are waiting.
But notice that instead of wanting us to get all wrapped up in those things, Peter tells us to get wrapped up in—”be diligent”—in matters of holiness and peace. In other words, we need to be busy with walking in a manner that is pleasing to God in both our personal lives and corporate lives, in both private and with other people, in light of the return of Christ.
So, we may ask a devotional question: how are we doing? Make it personal: how am I doing? Am I placing before my eyes things that will edify my soul and keep my conscience clear? Am I being wise with the use of the time the Lord has given me? Am I speaking in way that are filled with grace? Am I maintaining peace in my relationships, as far as it depends on me? Let’s ask ourselves how we are doing today in progressing after holiness and peace. Christ is on the horizon!