Saturday, July 15, 2000

2 Peter 3:11-14

"Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
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."
2 Peter 3:11-14

Continuing in Second Peter, this is pretty cool. :)  And it's a good question... since we know that the earth is going to melt away (basically... not trying to be negative or anything) :)  ... what should we be focusing on?  Probably not the melted pieces.  Probably the few things that last after this life is over, after this earth is gone... building healthy relationships with people.  Learning all that we can.  Happiness, peace... as Tracy Chapman says, "All you have is your soul."  Instead of focusing on earthly rewards... which are obviously going to be liquefied... we can focus on things that won't melt. :)  Of course... that doesn't mean that we can encourage the melt-down.  We have to do all that we can to build other people up, to respect them, to love them.  No flame-throwers.  I think God can handle that part all by himself.  But we *should* take some time and put earthly things into perspective.  It is never realistic to compare anything good that you find on earth to heaven.  We can think that something here is cool and exciting... but we are absolutely insane if we think that God and all that he has and does isn't MORE cool and MORE exciting.  We'll have a *new* heaven and a *new* earth... and Heaven, no matter what *anyone* says... could never be boring.  In fact, I can't think of anyplace less boring.  The only chance we have at eternal boredom is if we stay exactly where we are, learn no lessons, and refuse to grow.  And if we do that, we are saying that we like boring, and we want it forever. :)  Ick.

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