On Sunday, our pastor was preaching from 2 Peter 1. 12-21. I make a point of coming out of the Sunday sermon with one big thought that carries me through the week and I take time to write about it because God’s Word always causes me to reflect on His love and my life.
In this passage, Peter recognizes the fact that he’s getting older (vs.14) and he’s encouraging Christians to “remember” the truth that they are firmly established in. Peter was all about Jesus when he was younger and he is still that way, now that he is older. He wants to make sure, long after he is gone, that Jesus is remembered…so he writes this letter.
Our pastor said that “if Peter had his way, he would die with Jesus’ name on his lips.” These words challenged me greatly. Will I die with His name on my lips? That thought alone has gripped me this week…but there’s more.
I became a Christian when I was fourteen years old. I’ve lived many years since – years of opportunity to grow in my love for and obedience to Christ. What have I learned? How have I lived? Our pastor said, “As we age, we’re less able to hide what our lives were all about.”
The truth is that when I am old, I won’t be able to hide who I truly am. I will be more intensely like I was when I was younger. So, the big question becomes, “what was I like when I was younger? What am I like now? Has Christ truly changed me from the inside out? What have I given my time, money and service to? Have I loved people well? Has He increased in my life? Have I decreased?
This is how John Piper sees it.
Getting old to the glory of God means getting old in a way that makes God look glorious. So growing old to the glory of God means using whatever strength and eyesight and hearing and mobility and resources we have left to treasure Christ and in that joy to and serve people—that is seek to bring them with us into the everlasting enjoyment of Christ. Serving people, and not ourselves, as the overflow of treasuring Christ makes Christ look great.
Proverbs 16.31 says, “gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.”
A righteous life doesn’t happen over night.
Now is the time for us to practise honoring God. Now is the time to give Him complete access to our heart.
These are the years to surrender all so that when we are older, we are the “pleasing aroma of Christ. 2 Corinthians 2.15
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. Psalm 92. 12-15 ESV