Living for Jesus
2 Peter 3:8-15 Contemporary English Version
 Dear friends, don’t forget that for the Lord one day is the same as a thousand years, and a thousand years is the same as one day.
 The Lord isn’t slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost.
 The day of the Lord’s return will surprise us like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a loud noise, and the heat will melt the whole universe. Then the earth and everything on it will be seen for what they are.
 Everything will be destroyed. So you should serve and honor God by the way you live.
 You should look forward to the day when God judges everyone, and you should try to make it come soon. On that day the heavens will be destroyed by fire, and everything else will melt in the heat.
 But God has promised us a new heaven and a new earth, where justice will rule. We are really looking forward to that!
 My friends, while you are waiting, you should make certain that the Lord finds you pure, spotless, and living at peace.
 Don’t forget that the Lord is patient because he wants people to be saved. This is also what our dear friend Paul said when he wrote you with the wisdom that God had given him.
These verses came from a letter written by Peter. He reminds us that our sense of timing does not always match up with God’s sense of timing. God knows exactly when Jesus is coming back to take us to heaven.
We have work to do while we are waiting for Jesus. It is our job to share His good news with as many people as we can. We don’t want anyone to miss the joy and peace which is waiting for us in heaven.
One way to share Jesus with others is to live our lives the best way that we can. Peter’s letter tells us to live pure lives – spotless and living at peace. There are people who watch how we live from a distance. They see how we go through tough times and they see how we live through good times. How we live reflects our relationship with Jesus.
Timothy tells us this:
2 Timothy 2:20-21 Contemporary English Version
 In a large house some dishes are made of gold or silver, while others are made of wood or clay. Some of these are special, and others are not.
 That’s also how it is with people. The ones who stop doing evil and make themselves pure will become special. Their lives will be holy and pleasing to their Master, and they will be able to do all kinds of good deeds.
Today is a new day. It’s another opportunity to get our hearts right with God. It’s another day to share the good news of Jesus’ saving grace with others.
We don’t want anyone to miss out on the opportunity to live with Jesus forever in heaven……
This is the devotional I presented to the ladies in Ward 14 last night. We talked about how living our lives for Jesus is a witness to others who don’t yet have Jesus in their hearts.
I wanted them to have the opportunity to witness to others… The homework I gave them seems risky. Surprisingly to me, they all wanted to do it. This is the assignment:
On your own:
Write down the names of at least two people you know who are lost.
Pray for them a few minutes every day for the seven days.
After praying for them – share the good news of Jesus. Write them a letter about how God is changing your life.
I gave them tracts to include in their letters. They are all excited about their missionary work!
We also talked about how Satan doesn’t like it when we work for Jesus. We talked about being aware of attack and to continue to focus on what we know (God’s promises) instead of what we are feeling at the moment.
I took their names and promised to pray for them as they complete their mission.
Please join me in prayer for these women: