“Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially,
live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.”
(1 Peter 1:17)
One of the activities we enjoyed as youngsters was the collection of car registration numbers. We could then find out what town the car came from and see who could collect the most unusual ones. Of course it was also easy then to find out who were the strangers in town.
Strangers by definition do not belong in another town. They are not expected to. They are understood to be there only for a short time and are expected to leave again. They too have the expectation of going home one day and they tend to have their homes and families firmly fixed in their minds.
As Christians we are to see ourselves in much the same way. That is as strangers to the world and its ways and with our minds fixed on our home destination. This is even more relevant as we will lay our lives before our Holy God for His assessment. So it is not for us to be drawn into the ways and activities of those around us just because they are popular – nor are we to be focussed on the accumulation of worldly wealth and possessions or prestige. We are called to live our lives as those dedicated to the Lord even whilst in the midst of others who do not. This is also what is involved in being a light to the world.
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
Look critically at your world and decide where you belong.
Father God please help me to keep myself at a distance from the ways of the world around me –and instead to reveal Your light, life and love by the way I do live. Amen.