Sunday was the second Sunday of Advent, and I preached on 2 Peter 3:8-15. You can listen to the entire sermon here. I saw a pastor friend of mine condense his Sunday sermon into tweets (140 characters or less), so I thought I’d try. It really boils the message down to the essentials! Here goes…
Advent is a season of waiting, but waiting is hard. We’re tempted to give up, so Peter gives us perspective.
2 Pet 3:8 But do not overlook this one fact beloved that with the Lord one day is as 1000 years, and 1000 years as one day.
2 Pet 3:9a The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you…
2 Pet 3:9b …not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
God “delays” because every moment that passes is another moment that a non-believer can repent and believe.
But, the Lord will return. Judgment will come. His patience will end. It will be unexpected for the unprepared.
God’s judgment of sin, the wicked, and the unrepentant will be absolutely, categorically complete.
Therefore, Christians must live lives of holiness and godliness while waiting. And it looks like this:
1. Be diligent (make haste) to be found by Him without spot or blemish (1 Pet 3:14)
Make haste to continually forsake sin and diligently practice prayer, praise, Scripture intake, worship, communion, fellowship.
By the way, we do all of this on Sundays together!
2. Be diligent (make haste) to be found by Him at peace (1 Pet 3:14) But how?
Phil 4:6 Don’t be anxious about anything, but pray and make requests of God with thanksgiving.
Phil 4:7 And when you do, the unexplainable peace of God will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
3. And count the patience of our Lord as salvation. (2 Pet 3:15)
2 Cor 5:20 We are ambassadors for Christ as God makes His appeal through us.
Every day the Lord “delays” His return is another day for us to be ambassadors for Him to unbelievers.
In conclusion, while you await His return, grow in holiness and godliness – and share your faith!