READ : 2 Peter 3:14-18
Peter now says “therefore” (v. 17). In other words, Because what I have just said is true, therefore this is what you ought to do:
- (1) “Guard” (v. 17). Scripture tells us to guard the wonderful treasure we have, the gospel of Christ. Many false teachings abound, but hold fast to what you have learned about Jesus Christ and live accord- ingly. Nothing is so precious as our relationship to Christ. We must always be alert, lest that relationship is weakened.
- (2) “Grow” (v. 18). The best way not to go backward is to go forward. Many Christians are complacent, feeling they have eternal life insurance for the world to come. But the great thing about heaven is perfect fellowship with Christ and we can enjoy an ever greater measure of that fellowship here and now if we grow spiritually.
- (3) “Glory” (v. 18). The first question of the Presbyterian catechism is: What is the chief end of man? That is, what is our main purpose for living? The answer: To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. What does it mean to glorify God? It means to show how great He is to the world around us. It is not enough to have a private faith. We are called to express that faith in such a way that the world around us will realize how wonderful God is.
Father, give us grace to be on guard, to grow to be more like Jesus and to give Him glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.