I remember reading this passage when I was in high school, and it terrifies me.

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief…”- 2 Peter 3:10 I don’t know about you, but I’m not fond of surprises… I like knowing what to expect. The time of the event, the date…you know, the exact details. Yet, here we read Jesus' promise that He will come back, and when He does, it will be sudden and without warning, but no exact details are listed.

Though we are not given a day and time, we do know as each day passes, that we are one day closer to His final return.

For this reason, I earnestly pray for my family and friends who are not believers.

Taking this truth to heart, how are we to live our lives? Peter tells us in verses 11 and 12.

“You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed it’s coming..” 2 Peter 3:11-12

1. We should live holy and godly lives…

“Christians should be different, not odd. When you are different, you attract people; when you are odd, you repel them.”- Warren Wiersbe

We are called to live “holy” lives…lives that are set apart for God.

We are called to live “godly” lives…lives devoted to pleasing God out of our love for Him. Lives that desire to love God with all our mind, heart and soul. Every area of our life is focused on seeing the world through His eyes and loving out of the overflow of His heart.

2. We should look forward to Christ’s second coming…

Realizing Christ is returning should make us invest our precious days in what truly matters….God and others.

Everything else….all the possessions we have worked so hard for will be destroyed. Only what is eternal will last. That’s why we need to run our race well, now.

That’s why we need to stay focused on what is truly important in this life and not get sidetracked by “things” that won’t go with us into eternity.

We need to be earnestly watching and working toward our Savior’s return…thanking Him for His patience as He waits for our dear friends and family to repent and turn to Him.

3. We should be active in praying for His second coming…

“…and speed it’s coming.” 2 Peter 3:12

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come…” We are invited to pray and participate in the ushering of Christ’s return.

“If God’s work today is calling out a people for His name (Acts 15:14), then the sooner the church is completed, the sooner our Lord will

return.”- Warren Wiersbe

My friends, what an amazing future we have to look forward to. Let’s not waste our lives on the temporal…let’s invest our days wisely, pouring our lives into others, sharing Christ and putting our faith into action.

A world is watching and we don’t have much time.

What if THIS is the generation when Christ returns?

Rafael Bastien-Herrera is a Selma resident and pastor/director of The Word Walk School of Ministry. He has a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry, and a M.DIV. in Theology. He is a Radio Bible Teacher on KGED AM 1680 in Fresno and KERI AM 1410 in Bakersfield. Please send questions to rbherrera@thewordwalk.org.