But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.
2 Peter 3:8-13
Dear God, I’ve always tried to not spend too much time thinking about the second coming, the afterlife, the rapture, the tribulation, and then the new kingdom. It seems like a distraction to me. It feels like something that takes my mind off of the present and being engaged in what you’ve called me to do today.
My wife and I just finished watching The Good Place. We normally wouldn’t have watched it, but a friend I trust recommended it. We saw the final episode last night and I was left a little…I don’t know how to describe it. It was just wrong. First and foremost, it was missing you. That was a problem. Second, it treated time like it will be experienced like we experience it now, and I don’t think that’s how it will be. You are timeless and I think that somehow we will become timeless as well. In fact, making us experience time forever seems like a form of hell. Third, and I guess finally for my purposes here tonight, it was all about earning your access to “the good place.” There was no sacrificial love. No mercy.
So how do I see my eternity after death? I see it as 1.) focused on you as God. Worshiping you. Praising you. Knowing you. 2.) I don’t think I will experience passage of time. I think time will be meaningless and there will just be existence in your realm. 3.) I know I will never get there on my own, but you’ve shown me too many times in this life how much you love me regardless of how good I am. I know your mercy is all that will get me there.
Father, help me to just plug away moment to moment. I know that I need to be ready, as Peter says here, but I’ll never be ready in the moment if I’m actually looking for the moment. I’ll only be ready if I am simply serving and following you in the present moment. Help me to stay focused on the present.
In Jesus’s name I pray,