Note: The AMI QT Devotionals from December 26-January 1 are provided by Pastor Joshua Kim of Church of Southland. Joshua, a graduate of Emory University and Columbia Theological Seminary (M.Div.), serves as the pastor of Access group (singles). He was recently married to Christina.
Devotional Thought for Today
2 Peter 3:14-18
Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Having been involved with college ministry for close to 12 years, I have since transitioned and have seen many peers and students switch into working life. I’ve witnessed many people find jobs right out of college while other struggle for months, if not years, to find a vocation. Many know right off the bat what they want to do with their lives, while others are in a season of waiting and discovery of what career path God is calling them to pursue.
Yesterday we spent time reflecting on God’s perfect timing. And in some sense, what kind of job to seek seems so minor when compared to things like the second coming of Christ and the fulfillment of God’s promised new heavens and new earth. But what is common to both of these sorts of things is the kind of posture we are to have during seasons of waiting.
I’ve known many people who spend their days waiting for that “perfect job.” They often turn down or don’t pursue other opportunities because it isn’t that “perfect job.” For whatever reason, I have seen people who are unemployed for several years just waiting for it, while in the meantime they are racking up debt and burdening relationships.
What we read in today’s passage speaks of the kind of posture believers are to have during seasons of waiting. Peter writes, “Be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.” We often tie diligence with a certain goal in mind, and so if we are in a season of waiting for directions, how are we to be diligent? How can we be diligent if we don’t know what we are to be diligent concerning? Peter redirects our attention here. He uses the words “without spot or blemish,” words often associated with holiness and sin. And if we understand sin not just as violating an impersonal set of rules but as a relational offense, we come to understand this passage as a call to “diligently” work on our relationship with God.
Even in seasons of uncertainty or waiting, the passage today calls us to be diligent toward a right relationship with God. He calls us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” And when we focus our lives on this, the promise found in Scripture is that “all these things will be added onto us.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You that despite whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, You are always in control. You do not call us to try and fix the problems ourselves; rather, You call us into a deeper, love relationship with You. Help me to focus on what is most important, especially in times of waiting. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Bible Reading for Today: 1 Kings 17
Lunch Break Study
Read Matthew 11.25-30: At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. 27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Questions to Consider
- What does Jesus establish prior to His invitation?
- Oftentimes we think of “rest” as not doing anything. What does this passage teach us about true rest?
- What causes your life to be “heavy laden?” In light of this passage, what causes us to become tired and weary? What is Jesus calling you to do?
- Before Jesus’ invitation, He establishes that all things have been “handed over to Him by the Father.” He establishes that He has the authority to secure our rest. These things are for those who have childlike faith and not the wise.
- True rest is found in relationship with the right Master. Jesus invites us to the kind of rest that is being yoked with Him, a Master who is “gentle and lowly in heart.” There is still work to be done, but how we go about that work, how we learn to do that work is what makes all the difference.
- Personal response.
As ones awaiting the true rest that will come when Jesus returns, how has the Holy Spirit challenged you of the manner in which you are awaiting His return? Take a moment to journal your thoughts. How might you live differently starting tomorrow? How might your perspective of life change?