What Kind of People Are We to Be?

By Kristi Sullins

When I look at 2 Peter I am reminded of a father trying to cram the last bits of knowledge into his child before they go away.  This book is full of the loud messy desperation of a man who knows his time is short, and that there is so much for the people of God to know.

Peter is good at the loud and messy. He needs Christ followers to be aware of the dangers of false prophets who are everywhere. As he wraps up, Peter asks believers what kind of people they were called to be. How would you answer that?  The first part of Peter’s answer makes sense.  We are to be people that live holy and godly lives.  The end of that sentence is the part I think many get stuck on.  We are to be a people looking forward to the coming of God.  Not those people that hope God comes back when they are having a bad day, or when they think the world is going to hell in a hand basket. 

Peter reminds us that we are to live a life that displays our craving for the return of God. 

We are to live a life that displays our active preparation.  Through the things we place the highest importance on to the drive to tell others about our Messiah, we are to live a life that displays we are a people on the lookout.  Believers were never called to make themselves cozy on this planet.  His church, His bride, needs to show the world that we understand that all we do here is for the future we know is coming. We are not settlers. We are sojourners moving towards a future set with our King.  Be looking forward!

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