How would you feel if you knew your time was near? Many people in old age or someone battling a terminal illness are very aware of what it means to be facing death. The Bible tells us of one such situation of impending death in the book of 2 Peter. Peter knows he will die soon. He is told of his death in John 21:18. And, unbelievably in that passage, Jesus says to Peter, “Follow me” (John 21:19).
Peter is told of his own death and he still follows Christ. And now we find Peter nearing the end in 2 Peter 1:3-11 telling us to maintain our calling. He doesn’t complain about his situation. He wants to remind us how we should live. We should live like we were dying…which in fact we are. We should be sure to use every day that we draw breath to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. We have been called to do great things and action is needed now…today…this very minute! Our souls and those around us are dependent on it.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
(2 Peter 1:3-11)