In the absence of JD this week, Pastor Raudel from our Spanish-speaking church brought forth an inspiring message from 2 Peter 3:1-15 connecting our present day with our eternity. While collecting my thoughts about the sermon I was struck by a few things that he said. Almost is never good enough. You never say I'm almost pregnant or we almost won the game (well, maybe you do on the last one but it just isn't the same). Likewise almost heaven is not good enough. Heaven will be a glorious place and almost just won't do.
Peter talks of how there will be scoffers who doubt Jesus is returning and taking us to heaven but Raudel defined scoffers as anyone who doesn't take something seriously or in this case, those who live without an eternal perspective. We should never forget that "God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him." (1 Thes 5:9-10). Likewise, since He did not appoint US to suffer we should not be satisfied until everyone has heard the gospel. We should be like Him and as it says in 2 Pet 3:9, be patient, not wanting anyone to perish but all to come to repentance. We should align our daily activities with heavenly intentions.
Raudel defined mercy as not getting what we deserve and grace as getting what we don't deserve. God bathes us in His mercy and grace. We should share this with others that they may be saved, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (John 3:16-17).