Daily Devotional Wednesday, April 7, 2021
“The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.” (1 Peter 4:7-9, NLT)
Peter saw the end of the world as imminent—so convinced was he of Jesus’ soon return. 2000 years later, we are still waiting, so shouldn’t we be taking Peter’s words very seriously about being prepared for Jesus’ second coming now that it is two millennia closer? And as he saw the end approaching what is Peter’s advice on being ready? Prayer. Tangible demonstrations of love. Hospitality.
If you’ve ever been asked to contemplate how you would spend your time, if you knew you only had 24 hours left to live, have prayer, hospitality and care of others made it to the top of your list? Peter makes it clear what our priorities should be. When Jesus comes back, Peter recommends that we get caught in the act of doing good, not squeezing the very last ounce of enjoyment out of life for our own personal pleasure.
None of us knows when Jesus will return, just that he will. It’s guaranteed. So, given that fact, how should we spend our time, our money, our resources? Peter tells us to consider how best to demonstrate God’s love to the world…then get busy. Good talk without actions leaves us liable…having known the good we should do, but not doing it, is sin (James 4:17). Helping others can cost us, it’s true, but isn’t that what the life of the believer is to be all about? We’ve got all of eternity ahead of us to enjoy being with Jesus in heaven. Now’s the time to be busy filling up heaven’s registrar with all those who will respond to Jesus’ invitation!
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!