Living Away From Home

Over the weekend Sherry and I had the opportunity to “Skipe” with our daughter who is a sophomore at Liberty University.  “Skipe” is a wonderful communication tool that allows you to see each other over the internet.  I was able to see Beth and her room.  It makes conversation so much more intimate when you are able to see the person you are talking with.

This morning I was reminded, as I began a study of I Peter, how important it is for us to be God’s “Skipe” for people who know not Christ.  Peter begins his letter, “To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion…” These words seemed to just leap of the page as God reminded me that this world is not my home.  The foot-note in my Reformation study bible gave this commentary, “The word exile emphasizes the temporary nature of a sojourner’s stay in a place.  As exiles, Christians live in the world, but their real home is in heaven and their hope is anchored there.”

The fact is you and I are living away from home.  So with this fact in hand, the question that comes to my mind is simple this, “How should I live why I am away from home?”  Here is Peter’s answer, “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war in your soul.  Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evil doers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation,” I Peter 2:11-12.

Peter gives us instruction concerning how we are to live here being citizen’s of another place.  First we are to conqueror the flesh.  The fact is, we may be citizens of another place but inside of us is a nature that fights to live like we used to live before coming to Christ.  We must rely, not on ourselves, but on Christ, “Who bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness,” 2:24.  Secondly we must be committed to our faith.  Our goal must be to make Christ famous in this foreign world.  We should spend our time focusing on the one who granted us citizenship in a foreign land.  We should live a life that reflects His life being the crown jewel of our lives.  We must resist the temptation to grab all of this life.

People who are happy citizens of another place do not try to buy up all the property in the place where they are visiting.  This very day the Lord reminded me that all I want to take from this place (The world) are as many souls as possible for His glory.  It is my prayer that the Lord will help us to live as exiles for His glory this day!!!

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