I’m not sure why, but we don’t talk a lot about Jesus’ second coming anymore.
It might be because it’s often associated with some radical versions of Christianity—long-haired, unkempt men on street corners holding big “Turn or Burn!”signs.
Or it could be because we’re pretty comfortable with life the way it is, and comfortable people don’t really long for this world to end.
But there’s a reason it’s mentioned over 300 times in the New Testament . . . I think God wants us to think about it.
There’s much we don’t know, of course, but we do know a few things.
We know that God never revealed when Jesus would come back, so it’s pointless to speculate.
And we know a lot about the kind of convictions the second coming should inspire in us.
Here’s what Peter wrote:
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace (2 Peter 3:10-14).
Thinking about the Lord’s return ought to make us circumspective, Peter says.
The bed I slept in last night will one day be consumed with fire.
My house will go up in flames.
So will my car, my gadgets, my golf clubs, and my 401(k),
Nothing will escape it, not even the stuff that’s FDIC insured or locked in a safe deposit box.
Your clothes, home decorations, flat screen TV?
It ought to make us think. We spend so much time working for and stressing over all the stuff that’s got a pretty short shelf life.
Peter says to invest in what really lasts.
Holiness, godliness, peacefulness.
A heavily invested 401(k) won’t bring any of that.
One day Jesus will return to this earth, and only one thing will matter: Will he find us “without spot or blemish”?
Will we be in Christ?
Think about it today. Ask God to help you see the difference between the stuff that lasts and the stuff that’ll go up in flames in a few years.
Jesus will come back one day, and we should live every day looking forward to that final day.