2 Peter 3:13-14
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.
What are we looking for as believers in Christ? A new heaven and a new earth. We wait for the old things to pass away and for sin to truly be no more. We look forward to being alive with new life in a sinless place. We look forward to dwelling eternally in the place God has prepared for us. That is our great hope. That is God’s promise to us as His people.
And since we look for such a place, that should affect how we live our lives here now. If we look forward to that sinless place, why indulge in sin here now? Why corrupt ourselves with the evil that is part of this world? If we look forward to that place where we will serve God wholeheartedly, why not serve Him that way here now? If we look forward to that place full of praise and worship to Jesus Christ, why not spend our time here now doing the same?
We wait for that place, but we don’t wait idly. We are to be about our Father’s business. We are to proclaim His truth, spread His gospel, demonstrate His love, make Him known. God is patiently waiting. He is longsuffering, wanting others to repent and come to Him. So are we abiding in our waiting with that same desire? Are we doing our part to let others know about Jesus and the salvation He offers and that new heaven and new earth they can be part of someday?
One day, all that we know is going to be destroyed. Nothing here that we cling to so desperately will remain. The world puts all of its hope in this world that will one day be gone. But as believers in Christ, we have a much greater hope of a whole new world to come. That day may be far off, but it is coming. So may we be diligent in our purpose here. Let us use the time and opportunities we have to strive all we can to live for God, to strive for purity in our lives, and to be faithfully doing what He wants us to do.