“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,” – 2 Peter 3:11
In this one verse Peter makes a simple statement, a point so often forgotten yet one, when remembered, changes everything about who we are and how we live. Making it a point to hold this simple truth close to your heart and fresh in your mind at all times is possibly the easiest and most effective way to insure that you will always act righteously. For it will insure that you strive to stay in right standing with God. It’s all a matter of identifying your priorities.
We spend so much time and energy on things that will one day amount to absolutely nothing. Peters point the the entire earth will one day be gone, clean dissolved away without warning makes it absolutely clear that all our labors concerning anything of the earth (or this physical life) are pointless.
There is coming a day for each and every soul when they stand before God and face eternity, that all their bank accounts, their possessions, their prestige, their nice yards, their careers, their seeking the attention, approval, or accolades of men, the hours spent playing video games, sports, or watching tv, the physical infrastructure of the world system they help to erect, the selfish deeds taken to set ones self up for a better “right now”, all of it will seem so pointless and such a waste of time and energy because it will all amount to nothing more then a distraction from the opportunity to save souls, store up treasures in heaven where they will not be destroyed, and prepare for a better forever.
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 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. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;” – 2 Peter 3:10-15