Lent Devotion for March 22

Reading: 2 Peter 3:1–7

Unfortunately, it’s not too hard to find stories of believers being mocked for their faith. We live in a society where faith in Jesus Christ is no longer a given. Rather, an actual faith in Christ is the exception not the rule. According to a 2013 Pew Research Center article, among those whom claim to be Christian in the U.S., only 27% believe Christ “Definitely will return.” We live in a world that needs to be “stirred up.” Perhaps you need to be “stirred up.”

Whether you’re ready for it or not, Christ is returning and the destruction of the world is coming. Judgment day is coming; all that is ungodly will be destroyed. I’m not saying go out to the nearest mall with your giant sign reading, “THE END IS NEAR! REPENT!” I am saying the Son draws near. Time is running out. Are there people you need to talk to? Are there scoffers of the faith that you love?

We know the salvation we have in Christ. We know that the story does not end at the destruction of the ungodly. We know that after the destruction, there is a new perfect creation. Share the Gospel so that all might experience the joys of His new creation that is to come!

Most holy God, the ultimate creator and destroyer, we pray that You might give us the courage to share the Gospel with the scoffers we meet so that through Your Word the Spirit might create faith in those that mock the faith; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The One whom angels tended
Comes near, a child, to serve;
Thus God, the judge offended,
Bears all our sins deserve.
The guilty need not cower,
For God has reconciled
Through His redemptive power
All those who trust this child. (LSB 337:2)

Tim Barber (Sem II, CSL)