Guest Author

Pastor Neal Dearyan
Senior Pastor – Chili Crossroads Bible Church, Fresno, Ohio

Today’s Scripture: But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:10-11

Our family recently moved to a home that heats with wood. A rusted out 1986 Ford pickup came with the house. I use it and my Stihl chainsaw to get wood for the outdoor wood boiler furnace. It can burn wet or dry wood up to 40 inches long. The whole setup is tied to my thermostat so in winter I can keep the desired heat inside simply by keeping a fire going outside.

Sometimes when I open the furnace door, the flames rush out to get to the oxygen-rich air. I’ve singed a few eyebrow hairs as I’ve learned what to expect. And I hate to admit it, but I’ve burned my fingers a few times throwing logs deep into the flames.

The flames in my furnace remind me of a fire that’s coming eventually to this earth. As I study and present a Bible study on prophecy at our church, I’m amazed at God’s great plan for the church at the rapture. The study has encouraged me again to live a holy and godly life as our text says. Why? To avoid the fire? No, saved people don’t need to worry about that.

But we should be motivated to live well, not to get saved or stay saved but because we are saved. We should live well so others will be motivated to trust Christ as their savior. Those who haven’t trusted Christ by the rapture will enter the Great Tribulation, in which most of the world’s population will die. Revelation 6-19 describes these events in chilling detail.

At the end of the millennium, this earth will burn with fire. God will make a new heavens and a new earth. The two things that last forever are the Word of God and people. Do you trust the Word of God enough to live a life that attracts people to Him?

If not, today would be a great day to start investing your time in what really matters. My singed eyebrows are a reminder that this earth won’t last. One day, fire will burn my furnace, our house and the old Ford along with my chainsaw. Invest in what lasts – the Word and people.