May 1, 2017

1 Peter 1:17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.

A little further on in 2:11 the author writes, “Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles.” There is a great deal in the news regarding immigrants and refugees. Few of us can imagine what it is like to be homeless in a country where you don’t know the language or customs and where your surroundings are strange and threatening. Yet that is what these verses suggest is the condition of people of faith in this life. We are not at our destination but only at some step along the way. For refugees and immigrants, home is not a geographical place but the core relationships around them. Their attachment is not primarily to the land under their feet but to the family and friends at their side. Many generations spent their lives seeking a plot of land that would be theirs, which they would defend with their lives, and which they would pass on to their children. These verses call on us to remember that we are only passing through this life and not to hold on too tightly. This week, how will you “live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear?”

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