But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:10-13
I am the most focused version of myself when I feel the weight of a deadline. This can be anything from a task to a travel plan. It does not matter what it is, but knowing what I have to do and when I have to do it drives specific behaviors. For years I have heard various people teach on the “end times,” but rarely have I heard someone point out how the disciples were thinking. Knowing that there will be a Day of the Lord must influence our actions.
Peter tells his reader to live holy and set apart. We know that it is coming and you’ll notice that obsessing over how is not this disciples’ preoccupation. I love Peter for this. He says to look forward, twice, while being a particular kind of man. Let the weight of this coming day stir you to action in the same way a crucial deadline would organize your behavior.
DO THIS TODAY: Start thinking more about Jesus’ return.