“This is not my home” was a line I always remember from the mini-series Roots. The character was reminding those around him as well as himself that he had another home in a distant land.
Peter says the same thing to Christians in 1 Peter 2:11-17, which many of you are studying across the nation. Peter addresses the reader by saying “I urge you as aliens and temporary residents.” He then goes on to give instructions on how to live in a world that is not aligning itself with Christian values and practices.
- Be pure within! Peter reminds that we are to abstain from things that create conflict within us. Win the battle from within first…and always, as you live out your faith. (1 Peter 2:11)
- Live Honorably! Be pure on the outside. Again Peter states that we are to live “honorably” among those who are unbelievers so that they may see that we worship God, who transforms our heart, our values, and our behavior. Jesus has redeemed and saved us! (1 Peter 2:12)
- Be free! Christ has set us free from the things of this world and we are live like it. When we are free in Him, then we will honor not only ourselves but others too and treat them as the Great Commission instructs, with respect and love. (1 Peter 2:16)
Our nation is in a time of divide as people react violently to circumstances. Racial tension is high, mistrust of authority is rampant, the media is not trustworthy and people are acting out of their human nature. As Believers we must recall the instructions of this passage and live in such a way that Christ is glorified and that people are reconciled to Him and to one another. Our home is in heaven ultimately but until that time we must seek to make our earthly home to be like that of our future residence to the best of our abilities with God’s help.