Friday, May 10, 2013
No Fancy Passing for the things we make Passing Fancies
"Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness" (2 Peter 3:11, ESV)
Now, let me amplify it...
"Since [all of creation, even the cars and vacation homes, and computers and softball gear and fishing boats and dance trophies and bars and beers and church buildings and big screen TVs and everything the eye can see] will be [obliterated] [what things ought we to be really concentrating on with our lives, like] [being like the eternal God that will not be destroyed] and [doing what pleases Him more than was pleases self]"
What, or maybe we ought to say WHO, are we living for if where we are living will soon be no place for the living?
Through the Apostle John, the Spirit says, "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever." (1 John 2:15-17, ESV)
And, through the Apostle Paul, the Spirit says, "Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire." (1 Corinthians 3:12-15, ESV)
We'd be wise to watch what we get wound up in or wound up by, for we may work for what will one day wash away in God's wrath...