This devotional is one day of a 365 days devotional book entitled Living Hope for the End of Days that explores Revelation, the final book of God's Word; and is available at http://www.dtbm.org/
Giving God What Is His
(Revelation 18; 2 Peter 3:10-18)
As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you learn to avoid materialism
and give God what is His in this life!
TUESDAY: Materialism Clutters Our Lives
“… looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:12-13, Emphasis added).
Because materialism clutters our lives, we are so covered over with the things of life that bog us down that we fail to realize nothing here is going to last forever. That fact ought to discourage materialism and encourage us to live expectantly, as Peter said above.
Committing everything we have to Christ will make us build with fireproof materials. While we lived in
Some people get discouraged if they can’t find a parking place, the TV isn’t working, or if they are picked on at school or at work. Now compare those small inconveniences with living every day in the dark, by torch light, in a sewer. That is what the Christians did during the great persecutions in
What would keep a person going during such great tribulation? The only way to endure adversity of that nature is to not look down, but up for Christ. Now apply that to today’s ominous times: I am not looking for the Antichrist or the mark of the beast—I am looking for Jesus! That is the only way you can really live abundantly in this present life.
There are those who believe that Bible prophecy is simply trying to figure out what the mark of the beast is, and who is going to get it. But the Bible says that we should not be concerned with that. The whole purpose of Bible prophecy is not to sell books and make charts, but to make us expectant of Christ’s return. Materialism, however, clouds our eyes so that we can’t see clearly enough to look up expectantly. We must therefore learn to develop an enduringly hopeful life—and live purely: “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless …” (2 Peter 3:14).
Keep looking up because your redemption is near! That hope is why the Apostle Paul said that our citizenship is in heaven, and that is why the early Christians made it through such horrific persecution.
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