Here’s today’s mind-altering verse …
Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. (1 Peter 2:11)
Aliens? Think about it. We believe that:
- We’re not really from here. Our real home is heaven.
- Our leader came down from heaven to save his people.
- He was mistreated by earthlings and killed.
- He came back to life and then returned to heaven.
- He sent his Spirit to continue his work on Earth.
- The Spirit lives inside us.
- Our leader will one day return to Earth, we’ll meet him “in the air” and then he’ll take us home to live with him forever.
Sounds pretty freaky. But it’s true.
Peter reminds us over and over that we’re to live as “strangers” down here. Christians should be different. We should stand out. We should be a little strange. We should be aliens.
So, what’s our mission here on Earth? Peter puts it this way:
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 2:12)
Want to really stand out? Love your enemies. Be joyful in tough times. Be humble. Be gentle. Be like Jesus.
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