Holiness: Week 3 - Devotion 1
“Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” - 1 Peter 2:11-12
Peter was a pretty awesome guy. If we follow his story, we see him grow from the impetuous, kind of “loose cannon” leader of the disciples (and three-time Jesus denier!), to the Spirit-filled, bold leader of the 1stCentury Christian Church. Peter is one of the key figures in the New Testament. And his letters contain a ton of practical advice.
In 1 Peter 2:11-12, Peter is passing along a challenge that is completely in line with what you’ve been studying in holiness Lesson 3. Check out what he said.
When Peter says aliens, he’s not talking about UFOs. He’s simply talking about someone who doesn’t belong. Someone from a different place. We’re aliens on this earth because our home is in heaven with God. Peter says because of this, we’re to live such awesome lives among those who don’t know God (that’s what it meant to be described as a pagan in Peter’s day) that they recognize our holiness and give the credit to God as a result.
If we’re serious about identifying ourselves with God through our words and actions, we will have a meaningful effect on the people around us. All in the name of Christ. Which is pretty cool.
Think about this:
How does it make you feel knowing that if you publicly identify yourself as a follower of Christ, that some people will judge God and Christianity by your actions?
What if you flipped the perspective? What if you saw the ability to be set-apart for the purpose of leading people to Christ as a powerful privilege given to you? How would that change your way of thinking?