“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 3:14 NLT)
What are those things for which we are waiting? All those promises that God makes to us pertaining to obedience and our eternity. But while we’re waiting–we need to make sure that we are in position to receive all that He has promised.
We stay in position to receive from Him–by obedience to His Word–not selectively, but in accordance to all He has purposed for our lives.
If we are to live our lives in according to His purposes for our lives we could not–consciously change His Word to accommodate our lifestyles.
What we do–in this lifetime is what He sees–and He sees it all.
He sees us when we are doing all that we are supposed to do–according to His Word and He sees when we are not doing what we’re supposed to do.
He sees us when we happy and when we’re sad.
He sees us when we are encouraging others and when we’re criticizing others.
He sees us when we are promoting the Gospel and when we’re promoting political correctness.
He sees us when we are praying for others and when we are preying upon others.
He sees us when we are preparing to preach His Word and when we are procrastinating, hoping a good word will materialize out of nothing.
He sees us when we are faithful–to Him and He sees us when we are faithless–to Him and others.
He sees us when we are patiently waiting to hear from Him and He sees us when we prophelie in His name.
The list could go on for a long time, but the bottom line is–He sees everything we do and He knows the motives of our hearts, so we cannot realistically say–He understands–when we screw things up. Yes, He understands alright–when we screw things up it is because we choose to do things our way rather than His way.
So, dear friends--if we are not willing to live a life that is praiseworthy–to Him–we are wasting our time waiting for the promises to be fulfilled in our lives. We can only receive that which we rightly deserve--especially when we know–how His grace abounds. When we don’t know–we’re not responsible, but when we proclaim that we know–Him and how He wants us to live–we are without excuse and we cannot use His grace–to sin or be disobedient.
Get this–there is nothing we could possibly do that He does not see! He sees it all!