2 Peter 3:15b-17– Our good brother Paul, who was given much wisdom in these matters, refers to this in all his letters, and has written you essentially the same thing. Some things Paul writes are difficult to understand. Irresponsible people who don’t know what they are talking about twist them every which way. They do it to the rest of the Scriptures too, destroying themselves as they do it. But you, friends, are well warned. Be on guard lest you lose your footing and get swept off your feet by these lawless and loose-talking teachers (MSG).
My friend hung her purse on the back of the public bathroom cubicle door. While she was otherwise engaged, someone stole it. “Once bit, twice shy,” I said. “I guess you will never do that again!” To my astonishment, she replied that since it likely wouldn’t happen again, she’d still use the supplied hooks! Stores are full of shoppers with the same attitude. Unguarded purses, pocket books and wallets adorn shopping carts while owners wander up and down distant aisles. All express surprise when their belongings disappear.
In 2 Peter 3:14 God calls us to guard, not purses, but our spiritual conditions.
Prayer: God, we’ve been careless with your reputation, our lifestyle and our choices. Help us walk in newness of life, never again neglecting what you told us to guard. In Jesus’ name. Amen.