Famous Last Words

Throughout history the last words of many famous people have been recorded and very often their words have great significance for those in whom the words are intended.  For example, Jesus last recorded words were to the church, “After the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you shall be my witnesses…” Acts 1:8. This morning I considered the last words of one of Jesus closest followers, Peter.

Here is what Peter writes, “And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things,” 1:15. Peter desires that his readers would clearly know the gospel.

Question, “What will those who know you, remember about you?”  Consider Peter, “Certainly we remember his boldness to trust in the Lord to walk on water in Matthew 14.  Certainly we remember his brashness in saying, ‘I will never forsake you Lord.’ Certainly we remember his brokenness when he denied the Lord and then was restored by Our Lord.”

These events are edged in our memory because they are recorded in God’s word.  But consider the following, “Peter is forever changed by what He endures.  Peter becomes a man who is a rock for Jesus.”  As Peter writes in II Peter we find him teaching us how not to fail but how to be faithful in our walk with Christ, “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1:8.

I want to encourage you to reach carefully the qualities found in 1:4-7.  If we daily practice these qualities we will come to the end of our lives and with clarity we will have something of value to say to those gathered around us.  I can image as the readers received this letter from Peter.  They were not focusing on his failures because they had faded in the light of the gospel that was burning so bright in the man of God’s life.  Peter’s last recorded words were of great importance as he encouraged the church to progress in their faith as they daily praised the Lord.

Here are those words, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity, amen,” 3:18. Here is a man who ready to meet his Savior.

I want to encourage each of you to live in such a way that others will see your praise and your progress in faith.  Because believe it our not, your last words will come sooner than you think!!!

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