2 PETER‬ ‭3:13-14‬‬‬

“But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.”

2 Peter‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Many Christian’s are running away. There lives are spent trying to escape consequence, reverse misfortune or make up for their past sins. This mid biblically shortsighted. It is important that we remember that we are running toward something. This state of being that we look forward to, is an existence that is devoid of new regrets. It extols the virtues and blessings of being made in the image of God without lingering in the traumas of doing wrong by that image. It is that moment after a nightmare when you realize that it was a bad dream. The scripture calls us to wait out the trauma for that moment. It calls us to prime ourselves for living in a world of blessings, and love, rather than of spiritual starvation and relational chaos. It calls us to look ahead and not back. This concept is embedded in the early church whose constant cry was to anticipate the new heaven and new earth under the returning king. The modern American church rarely looks forward at all.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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