Philippians 2
Colossians 1

2 Peter 3

SCRIPTURE  
11 Since all these things will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people should you be? Your lives should be holy and dedicated to God...

OBSERVATION
Don't pin your hopes for a meaningful life on stuff that will be gone tomorrow.

UNDERSTANDING
I remember the 8-track player.  As a kid I wanted one badly so that we could listen to music in the car instead of just the radio.  Finally my dad had one installed in the car and I remember driving down the road listening to the cool sounds of Neil Diamond on the 8-track.  The 8-track is long dead and it is a reminder to us that as with most every material thing in this life - they will not last.  Peter tells us that the day is coming when Jesus will return.  We don't know when but that is not the issue, the real issue is our preparedness should He return today.  When Jesus returns all of the material stuff will be obsolete because it is not what the new heaven and earth is composed of.  So if we are wise we need to invest more in the stuff that will last for eternity.  That happens as we live lives that are holy and dedicated to God. 

LIFE APPLICATION
The sad fact is that many of us get sidetracked with the peripherals - the stuff that will not last - and lost sight of the big picture.  So many believers are so caught up in making money to build earthly empires that we never have time for the real mission - living lives that are holy and dedicated to God.  Don't let it happen.  Wake up and realize that you have been sidetracked and get back to the business of living holy and dedicated lives to God.

Have you been sidetracked?  What do you need to do to get back on the right track?

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