Thursday, October 31, 2019

What Kind Of People?

"Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?"
2 Peter 3:11-12 (NKJV)

If you rented a car, would you take it somewhere to get an oil change and a tune up or have it painted a different color as soon as you picked the car up?  If you booked a room in a hotel or some other place to stay, would you immediately go to a store to buy new furniture for it or maybe check into changing the pictures in the room?  The answer would of course be no.  You would not invest the time, effort, and money into something that you only have a temporary involvement with.

People have many different ideas about what is called the end times or last days and there are four main viewpoints about it.  But one thing that everyone can agree on is that no one lives forever, at least on earth.  No matter what you believe about when or if Jesus will return, your days on earth are limited, our time on earth will not last forever.  Although everyone will live eternally, no one will to live to celebrate their 200th birthday.  Our lives on this earth, and the earth itself are only temporary.

The Bible tells us that one day all of the things on the earth will be burned up, they will be gone.  Knowing that, what kind of people should we be?  We need to be the kind of people that don't just focus on earthly needs and desires, but we need to be the kind of people who invest their time, effort, and money into things of spiritual, eternal significance.  It is certainly alright to have nice things in life, but all those things will be gone one day.  We need to have a focus on eternity and not just this world, that will help us have the right perspective in life and be the right kind of people.

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