Living Hope | 1 Peter 1:1-2 | Devotional
1 Peter 1:1-2 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God's elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
Everything about us was different. Our clothes, color, language, lifestyle, and life experience was a world apart from those living in cardboard and sheet metal shanties lined side by side in the sprawling slums of Methare. As we walked through the Nairobi slums on a narrow dirt path littered with garbage, trying to avoid the mud and puddles of stagnant water, we looked, talked, and felt like “strangers.”
Those of us called by God, bought with the blood of Christ, and set apart by the Holy Spirit can get a little too comfortable with this world, can’t we? We become settlers instead of strangers, surrounding ourselves with the “necessities” of life, obsessed with the “now,” and putting the eternal out of our minds. The world becomes our home and heaven, well…it’s a nice thought to talk about when loved ones die and go to a “better place.”
In his letter to “God’s elect, strangers in the world” the Apostle Peter calls us to the life of a sojourner headed for heaven, just passing through town on our way. That focus makes us look, talk, and feel different. Not polyester-leisure-suit-standing-on-the-corner-telling-people-to-turn-or-burn different, but lives that that demonstrate the living hope of God’s presence. So, as for me, I am trying to keep to capture the Methare “stranger” feeling and not get too comfortable with this short stint on earth. Want to join me on the sojourn?
Father, may we hold the uncertain things of this earth loosely and the certainly of heaven with a firm grasp. Help us to live with and demonstrate the living hope within us. In Jesus name. Amen.