Peter knows he will soon die; a victim of lies and violence. However, he does not despair. His job for Christ on earth is almost over, but not quite yet. So he writes to ensure a legacy of changed lives, encouraging the church to endure through suffering; eagerly awaiting the return of Jesus. He knows that the chill winds of persecution will stir all kinds of fearful reactions, and that the only way to stay on track as a Christian, is to be constantly reminded of the truth about Christ's salvation, and how to follow Him each day.
It is not that we deliberately forget: we just get so busy, or simply focussed on our responsibilities - that we fail to bring God's truth to the front of our minds. When that happens, our decisions cannot be Godly, and degenerate to the level of our best thoughts. But our bright ideas are not good enough to steer us (or anybody we teach) safely to heaven. In fact, many of the New Testament letters are reminders of what the believers ought to have known and should have been practicing, but they had just slipped out of mind.
In the same way that Peter wanted to make every effort to remind them (which is why he wrote these two letters), serious Christians must make every effort to keep reminding each other, and allow themselves to be freshly stirred by gospel truth. That should be the prophetic work of every ministry - to bring people back to love and obey the truths of God's covenant. This is the reason that Word@Work is delivered to you today: to remind you to live according to the grace of Christ as revealed in the Scriptures. It may also be the reason why God has placed you alongside another believer (or put you in email contact); so that you can also stir them up to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24).
© Dr Paul Adams