New Year and Still Here

Some people would say that New Year’s Day is no more significant or special than any other day. They’d say that the first day of the week is much more important than the first day of the year. That’s true enough; nevertheless for January 1st, 2013, let’s reflect on some statements by Peter in his second letter (2Peter 3).

 The World is Still Here

For some months now we’ve been hearing that some sort of apocalypse was going to occur on December 21st, 2012. Either the world would end or it would become a very different world. As it turned out, that was all false and the world remains as it was. Of course we shouldn’t be cocky about that. Listen to what Peter says:

“Know this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”” (2Pe 3:3-4, ESV).

After going on to state that there will be a fiery end to the world, but not when it will happen, Peter then concludes:

“Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness… Be found by God in peace, spotless and blameless… Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord,” (2Pe 3:11,14,18).

Since the world is still here, why not take those words of Peter as your goal for the new year?


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