The light of the fact that Jesus is coming again, what kind of people ought we be?
In II Peter, the third chapter, the Apostle Peter was teaching about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. In (verse 11), he asked this question, “What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness?” (verse 14) Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
When we think about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, many of us tend to think it will be a jump from His glorious appearing in the clouds and our rising to meet Him in the air, to an eternity of strolling through the streets of gold. We sometimes forget that the Lord Jesus Christ will come with all authority, as absolute Ruler over all creation. We need to remember that He is coming as King and as Judge. This fact will not only inform our conception of eternity; it should also make a difference in how we live today. According to the Bible, we are to “Be Holy”, “Worship the Lord”, and “make disciples”. Every believer is going to stand at the judgment seat of Christ and give an account for the way they lived in as a Christian (see 2 Corinthians 5:10, also Romans 14:10). So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14:12).
In Revelation, John gives a description of the New City, about the things that will take place when Jesus returns again to set up His Kingdom- here on Earth!
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Revelation 22:12). Although God has not revealed the actual timing of His coming, He puts us on alert, and reminds us of our accountability as His servants. He is the Master! We are saved to do God’s bidding, not so God can do ours. Surely, we want to hear our Master say, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things. I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:21). Knowing this fact should shape our values and the way we spend our time, money, our talent and our energy. It should cause us to live in expectancy of His coming. Jesus said, “You also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will” (Matthew 24:44).
As Christian believers we must keep our behavior excellent among non-believers. We are to be the light, so that those wanting a way of darkness can find it. What do you allow your eyes to see, your mind to think, your body to do? We need to abstain from fleshly busts that wage war against our souls. Christianity should make a difference in our way of dress and actions. Yet, women dress seductively and think nothing of it. Men surrender their souls in the battle for their eyes. Sex and child-bearing outside of marriage is becoming more prominent. We forget the meanings of the words restraint and constraint. Do we love sin more than we love God?
We need not only abstain from wrong behavior; we need to live a holy life- to passionately pursue godliness; to become more and more like Jesus. We need to stay in the Word of God so we can know truth. This is the greatest weakness in our society, and even in our churches. We do not understand and know truth for ourselves and many are deceived into believing what man calls righteousness instead of believing the truth of the Bible. Jesus said we are made clean through the word. God gave us 66 books and he wants us to know them all. We must find a way to keep growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
When we know God as we should and are living in the light of His coming, the Gospel will flow from us. We must offer the world a Savior and eternal life, which leads to salvation from sin and its power from the deceit and darkness of Satan’s kingdom. We must walk in love toward others as Jesus did. To know this- read Ephesians 4:25-5:14. From my heart.