"Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives." II Peter 3:11
The most beautiful place I have ever been is Lake Tahoe in the High Sierras on the California and Nevada border. I would love to go back there some day.
If I aspire to return to Tahoe and I tell all my friends that I want to go back there, but then if I make reservations for a hotel in Miami Beach and buy an airline ticket for Miami, what would people think?
At best they would be a bit confused! They would assume that I am confused. They would probably be right. It IS a mixed message.
What sort of a message are you sending when you say you want to go to Heaven but you can display attitudes and behaviors that do not reflect Heaven?
That is essentially the question Peter asks of these saints. In essence the question he poses is, "How can you think you are going to Heaven if are living like hell?"
Logically, how can you believe you are destined for a holy place when you are living an unholy life? If getting to Heaven involves a personal relationship with a Holy God, how can you expect to maintain that relationship if you are living an unholy life? Why would you want to spend eternity in a holy place when you aren't comfortable living a godly life?
To get to the destination you desire you must get on the right road and move in the right direction. The road to Heaven is the road to a holy and godly life. A life like that can only be lived in the power of the Holy Spirit in fellowship with the Holy God.
Is that the road you are on? Is that the direction you are headed?