December 4

2 Peter 3:8-15a

“But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.” vs. 13

Early believers were confident that God wasn’t done with this world after the death and resurrection of Jesus. They believed that there would be a total overhaul, a new creation, and that God’s righteousness would reign. It’s not that this world is so bad! After all the fingerprints of God are all over it, and in it we experience every kind of joy and goodness. It’s just that God isn’t done with it yet–and something more spectacular is yet to come. Each one of us has a sense of what that could mean. We’ve been created in the image of God and have been gifted in marvelous ways. Life is good for us in this world. We have loving relationships and boundless opportunities to explore and excel. Yet there is within us a sense that God isn’t done with us yet, that through the Holy Spirit we can be even more of what God intends for us to be. That feeling of incompleteness is important in our lives. With it we keep on striving, we keep on reaching for the stars–it’s because of that feeling that some have been able to accomplish so much. With that hope at the core of our being, individually and collectively, we continue to believe that the best is yet to come. And in God’s re-creation there’ll be a spectacular completion for ourselves and for humanity.

Thought for the Day:  What will the new me be like?

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