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 door of the public bathroom cubicle, and while she was otherwise engaged, someone stole it.
"Once bitten, twice shy," I said. "I guess you will never do that again!" To my astonishment, she replied that since it was unlikely to happen again, she would continue to use the supplied hooks!
Stores are full of shoppers with the same attitude. Unguarded purses, pocket books, and wallets adorn dozens of shopping carts, while their owners wander up and down distant aisles. Some will be astonished when their belongings disappear.
God calls us to guard not our purses but our spiritual condition. We are told to "be eager to be found by Him [at His coming] without spot or blemish and at peace [in serene confidence, free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts.]" (2 Peter 3:14 AMP).
There is still time.
Prayer: Father, we confess that we have been careless with Your reputation, our lifestyle, and our choices. Forgive us. Help us walk in newness of life, never again neglecting that which You have told us so clearly to guard. In the name of your precious Son, Jesus, who died so that we might live, we pray. Amen.