I don’t think it will be long now until Jesus comes for His Bride! So I write this blog to help myself (and my loved ones) to be ready when He appears. The problem is, we have wandering hearts and we think He is delaying indefinitely.
I mentioned before that I was “going” to “Virtual VBS For Grown Up Girls” with writer, speaker, and encourager Christin Ditchfield Lazo, a Bible study in the book of 2nd Peter. I must say that it was really life changing for me. To be honest I never took much notice of 2nd Peter before. Not that I hadn’t read it, but I guess I just wasn’t paying attention…didn’t have ears to hear. This time was different. It addressed a lot of the questions and doubts that I had allowed to seep into my mind about God’s intentions, His timing, and even His character. Questions will always come in! Suggestions, accusations. That was actually the first temptation in the garden: “Hath God said…?” That’s why time spent with HIM & HIS Word is essential.
Me? I LOVE to read! I have my favorite Christian authors and writers who expound on topics relevant to Christian life. One says this, another says that, and still another has a different viewpoint. Exploring is good, unless you are a sheep with a tendency to wander far afield. We must pray each day that our ears will be attuned only to the Shepherd’s voice, and no other.
2Peter gives strong warning and great advice in Chapter 3: 17 & 18:
Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. KJV
When we read the warning of verse 17, we have a tendency to think, “Not me! I could never be led into the error of the wicked!” Really? Peter knew how easy it is to fall into bad thinking. He knew how vulnerable we humans are to fear, pride, and thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought. His own heart failed him, didn’t it? Still, we never would lump ourselves with the wicked, would we?
The word “wicked” there in the Greek (atheamos) actually means “lawless.” Think, people who are going their own way! The Amplified version uses the word “unprincipled.” Teachers who have their own agendas, or whose teachings are contrary to the Lord’s.
We see this all the time in our culture: people with their own agendas trying to convince others to join their sides. But do we really think about it when it comes to our teachers in the religious realm? Are we discerning about what we are being fed? Peter wants us to remain steadfast in our faith. Sure of what we believe. Not gullible and easily led astray.
Do you know what you believe and why you believe it? I grew up in a denomination that read the Apostle’s Creed every Sunday. So a few years ago (in another Virtual VBS!) I prayed, pondered, and wrote down my own creed. It has helped me to become more confident when exploring spiritual concepts and ideas. I am still testing, pondering and considering aspects of the faith. I think we always will if we truly want to “grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour.”
Jesus is coming back for us one day! Do you believe it? Is it part of your creed? It won’t be long now! Be ready!