Standing Out in Exile
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 2:9-25
Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. And it is still true, no matter how old you are: when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together. Good words, simple words, familiar words found in All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.
Apostle Peter has plenty more to say: We are called to stand out! He calls us to be different. If you claim to be a believer in Jesus, act like it. What’s that look like? Don’t sin. Respect and honor everyone — including our bosses, teachers, all people in authority. Follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Serve Him wholeheartedly, no matter what the culture around us is doing or telling us to do.
As William Barclay stated: “Here is timeless truth. Whether we like it or not, every Christian is an advertisement for Christianity; by his life, he either commends it to others or makes them think less of it. The strongest missionary force in the world is a Christian life.”
Let’s do this! Stand up for Jesus. Stand out in a way that glorifies God and points to Him — so all may see His light shining brightly and come to Him.