“There are some things in Paul’s letters,” Peter writes in today’s passage, “that are hard to understand.” It’s kind of an ironic observation, as a lot of people reading Peter’s letter have found it hard to understand exactly what 2 Peter 3: 11-13 is referring to as well.
Peter goes on to say that such difficulties should not sweep his readers off their feet. Yes, the exact meaning and reference of some passages in the Bible is hard to understand. But the overall message is not: we are to continue to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
So let’s not lose our focus. The basic question for all of us who consider ourselves Christians must always be, “Am I growing in my relationship with Jesus Christ?”
What hard evidence is there in your life and mine that would back this up? Where have I become bolder because my faith is deeper? In what tangible ways have I become more generous because I am growing in grace? What concrete things am I doing differently because my knowledge of what Jesus asks of me has increased?
What sort of people ought we to be? Are we, in fact, this kind of person?
Let’s not use religious differences or debate or the failures of others as a way of avoiding these clear questions ourselves. May we answer them honestly and live accordingly. And in so doing, may we too bring Jesus “the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”