‘What kind of people ought you to be?’ (2 Peter 3:11)
The people of God are expected to be different from the world; they profess to have another Spirit in them; and to be the children of God. They believe the present frame of things is to be dissolved; they look for a new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness; they are strangers and pilgrims here.
What kind of people then ought we to be? Surely we ought to set light by the things of time, and aim at the things which are eternal. We ought to be watchful – prayerful – diligent – holy – patient – thankful – and expectant.
We ought to be content with such things as we have; to give all diligence to prove our title; to make sure of our election, and rejoice in our destination. We ought to walk as Jesus walked; to live as Paul lived, dying daily.
Let us ask this morning: Do we habitually believe that present things will soon be dissolved? If so, are we acting according to that? Are we laying up for ourselves treasures in heaven? Are we doing good that we may be rich in good works?
Then let us wait the sound,
That shall our souls release;
And labour to be found
Of Him in spotless peace,
In perfect holiness renew’d,
Adorn’d with Christ, and meet for God.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘O that I felt as much like a child, in reference to confidence, dependence, and love to my heavenly Father! O that I was thoroughly holy, truly wise, really prudent; and then I think I should be happy, and make others happy!’