Happy New Year!
The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come (Rev. 4:8)!
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? ––unless indeed you are disqualified (2 Corinthians 13:5).
With the calendar once again marking the end of another year, many people feel the need to take stock of their lives. I count myself among those who think it’s a good idea. For most of us, there are some areas in our lives that could use some improvement, particularly in the spiritual realm. It’s easy to get distracted and take our eye off Christ and our true mission here on earth; to get safely through to the other side and to take as many with us as we can.
Sometimes the preacher teaches; yet at other times, the preacher is just reminding us of things we already know, but have forgotten. In chapter one of 2 Peter, the apostle uses that word three times. For example in verse thirteen he says; Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you. He isn’t teaching them something new as much as reminding them of things they already knew, but perhaps had temporarily forgotten to apply to their lives.
Peter ends his second letter this way: but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. That’s the last thing Peter ever said. The apostle put down his pen of inspiration by reminding all of us that the process never ends. Each day is another day to grow closer to the Lord through prayer, reading the Bible, and good works for the brethren as well as the world we live in. This includes looking for, and taking advantage of opportunities to bring people to Jesus Christ and the church He purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28). When the calendar strikes 2021, let’s hope and pray that we will be able to look back on 2020 and feel good about our growth in the Lord; for today, salvation is nearer than when it first appeared.