“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.”
1 Peter 2:11 NKJV
Our world today is made up of many nations run by laws that cater to immorality. As a result, there is a temptation to lose ourselves in the system around us. But our opening text calls us to remember that we are ambassadors in this world and thus are held by different standards.
Hebrews 11, known as the faith hall of fame, summarizes great acts of faith by men and women of old. Their actions range from leaving their families for an unknown country to abandoning the wealth of Egypt. The writer had this to say about them:
Hebrews 11:15-16 CSB
“If they were thinking about where they came from, they would have had an opportunity to return. But they now desire a better place- a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”
Their resilience was fuelled by putting aside the things they left behind and a desire for God’s city. We ought to make this our disposition as believers in our world today.
Romans 12:1 instructs us to present ourselves as living sacrifices to God. A sacrifice is usually dead, so the illustration here is of a person dead to himself but alive to God. We do this by constantly renewing our minds with the word of God.
By doing this, we would guard our hearts against giving in to temptation (James 1: 14-15). God is raising an army of people who have deadened their desires, on whom He can call upon. And we must prepare for this call.
If we would take the world for Christ, we must not forget that our calling is to “proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light,” as 1 Peter 2:9 says. This verse points out that the light of God in us is marvellous. A marvellous thing causes everyone around it to wonder at it.
Dear believer, your light is not little. Let it shine bright.
To stand out in our world, we must be intentional. Let’s take a cue from our Savior, who did not whisper or hide His voice. Instead, He cried out on the great day of the feast (John 7:37-38).
The world is about power and kingdoms and a time is coming when it would be explicitly clear that Jesus is King. Until Jesus comes, He has given us the mandate to shine as light. And shine we must!
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 4:1-12, Ephesians 5:22-33, Psalm 119:81-88, 1 Kings 17-18.