Friday, August 10, 2018

1 Peter 2:11-25 (NKJV)

Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12having your conduct honourable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. 13Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 15For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— 16as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for [b]vice, but as bondservants of God. 17Honour all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. 18Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. 19For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. 20For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. 21For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 22“Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; 23who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. 25For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls

A sojourner is a temporary resident; a pilgrim is someone who journeys in foreign lands. We are indeed sojourners and pilgrims here in the world. The Apostles and earlier Christians lived as such. They understood that there is a better place. The Patriarch—Abraham – understood same and lived that way (Hebrews 11:8-10). For Abraham, he longed for a city whose architect and builder is God. Jesus promised us that he was going to prepare a home for us. Heaven is real. That is our ultimate goal.

Do we truly live as sojourners and pilgrims? Most times we live as if everything ends here on the earth. We forget that nothing here is permanent but are passing away (1 John 2:17). We grip strongly that which is passing away instead of God who holds all things. We need to avoid excess luggage and travel through this world light. Regrettably, we have mingled with earthly citizens whose hope is only on this world. It is such that there are no demarcations anymore. We even act and speak like them. What is expected of us as to retain our identities? To abstain from fleshly passion, to keep our conduct honourable among the unbelievers and to submit to human authorities and masters. We must strive to live out the kingdom life, for we are honourable and ambassadors representing heaven here on earth.

Prayer: Dear Lord, make my life a living example of your kingdom life in my daily living in Jesus name, Amen!