2 Peter 3:13-14 (KJV) Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
The promises of God are Yea and Amen. We as Christians are to completely believe what the word of God has said concerning our future and eternal abode. We must harbour no iota of doubt concerning these things. God has promised us a new heaven and a new earth. A place where we would dwell in righteousness and holiness all our days, glorifying and praising his holy name. He has promised us that he would come again to take us up to where he has prepared specially for us. He has promised us many things that will last through eternity. We must believe his promises if we want to access them.
While it is good to believe in the promises of God and his plans for us, our attitude while we tarry is of utmost importance. It is unfortunate to see as many Christians complain, wail and revolt while supposedly waiting for the promises of God in their lives. The Bible in verse 14 of our textual source, is admonishing us today that while we look forward to the fulfilment of the promises of God, we must be diligent. Now you may ask, “diligent in what?”
First, we must be diligent in maintaining a clean heart. The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Our hearts must be kept pure as we wait for the promises of God. Keeping our hearts and minds clean will take diligence on our part. It is no easy task. In the world today, we are bombarded with millions of ungodly media and self-gratifying desires every single day. However, through the help of the Holy Spirit and continual diligence on our parts, we must strive to keep our hearts pure. If we are to be found spotless, blameless and worthy on the day that God’s promise of eternal life would be fulfilled, then we must keep our hearts clean.
Second, we must be diligent in our local assembly.
“1 Corinthians 15:58 (KJV) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
While we wait for the fulfilment of God’s plentiful promises, we must abound and give ourselves wholly to his cause. In working for God, we find lasting joy and happiness that only heaven can provide. Working in God’s vineyard also sets your heart on the things of God. You have less time to devote to worldly affairs that have only ephemeral gains.
Lastly, while we await the fulfilment of God’s promises, we must be diligent in soul winning. This particular point cannot be overemphasized. Evangelism is not something we must take as an optional course in the school of Christianity, it is a mandatory requirement for us. The only commandment Christ gave as he was raised up to heaven was for every believer to preach the good news.
“Mark 16:15 (KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
May God help us to do these things and more as we diligently await his promise of eternity. Share this with your family and friends if you’ve been blessed. Shalom!