Day of Reckoning

11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.  12 Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation (1 Peter 2).

There is coming what is here called “the day of visitation”—a day of reckoning, where God, as the Holy Overseer (for that is where the word “visitation” comes from) will come to make His subjects give an account for all they, as “aliens and strangers,” have done here on earth. Those who are truly His will have been “slandered” and ridiculed by “evildoers” for their “excellent behavior”—and yet when God shows up, He will receive glory in His children’s vindication.

There is a popular advertising slogan to get people to vacation in Las Vegas: “What goes on in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” The idea is to beguile folks into thinking they can go to “sin city” and do whatever they want without fear of reprisal on the home front. In other words, they can sin and not get caught. They can allow “fleshly lusts” to “wage war against the soul” and not be hurt by it. Bad idea. When lusts wage war, as with any army, they come with a strategy—not willy-nilly.  To fight back we must keep in mind that the Day of Reckoning is coming!

Lord, help us This Day to fight the good fight even as fleshly lusts wage war against us, and to have an eye out for that great Day of Reckoning. Amen.