Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. (2 Peter 1:14-15 KJV)
What are most people concerned about when it pertains to dying? What is your chief concern when you think of your dying day?
Peter says his chief concern about his death is that his readers remember what God has laid on his heart for them to remember. Here is what he wants us to remember:
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:3-11 KJV)
Peter is not concerned that people remember him. He is not concerned about who will inherit what. He is not concerned about how people will remember him. He is not concerned about the pain of dying. He is not concerned about how he will die.
He is only concerned that his readers remember that God has given them all they need for life and godliness, that they remember to be diligent to learn about Jesus from the Scripture, and that they cultivate the Christian virtues mentioned and that they have assurance of God's calling and election in their lives.
In essence Peter is writing his last will and testament here. It is his dying wish for us.
What is your dying wish?