2 Peter 3:1-10
Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
There are two ways in which we speak about time. Chronos refers to the linear, chronological time in which we tend to operate. This “human” time is marked by hours, minutes, days, weeks and years. Kairos, however, encompasses the fullness of time. It is God’s time, eternal in nature. The author of 2 Peter calls us to kairos living in a chronos-obsessed world. We are charged to set aside our impatience for the unfolding of all that is to come and instead be fully present, with “sincere intention,” to the gifts of today. It is a calling that rings true to us today - to be fully present amidst the hustle and bustle of the world around us. Kairos time calls us to surrender the need to control where we are going in our lives and the speed with which we get there. It calls us to awaken to the art of living with sincere intention today.
Here in the midst of the Christmas season, may you embrace kairos time, the fullness of eternity, in such a way that breaks the cycle of chronos-dependence. May our overbooked lives retreat from the chaos and find peace in kairos existence. May we embrace the one who is, was, and always shall be. May we live each moment with Christ-like intentionality, being fully present in each sacred moment.
God, you are a big God. I love you and I am willing to serve your purposes. Please guide me to be a servant to your people. Guide me to be an instrument of your grace and peace each day. Thank you for loving me and for hearing and answering my prayers. Amen.
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