The call really is to live differently

I am working my way through Leviticus… intentionally…

Leviticus 18-20 and 1 Peter 1 offer similar exhortations: Where you are headed and how you succeed depends on the relationship you have with God. Live differently. You do NOT have to live like the people in that land.

What 1 Peter reminds us in a very sober way is that although we haven’t physically picked up and moved to a different “land,” when we follow Christ, we have moved allegiances.

The call really is to live differently. Our salvation is precious. Our Lord is precious. His call is real. Why ignore it?

13 Therefore, once you have your minds ready for action and you are thinking clearly, place your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14 Don’t be conformed to your former desires, those that shaped you when you were ignorant. But, as obedient children, 15 you must be holy in every aspect of your lives, just as the one who called you is holy. 16 It is written, You will be holy, because I am holy. 17 Since you call upon a Father who judges all people according to their actions without favoritism, you should conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your dwelling in a strange land. (1 Pet. 1:13-17)

 

 

I am the immigrant

The increase in violence against Christians in Pakistan and Kenya are times to be reminded in my own life that I am the immigrant. I am a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven and that will call on allegiances the U.S. can never get from me. May my allegiance to the Kingdom of God grow stronger in these hard days for my brothers and sisters in Pakistan and Kenya.

11 Dear friends, since you are immigrants and strangers in the world, I urge that you avoid worldly desires that wage war against your lives. 12 Live honorably among the unbelievers. Today, they defame you, as if you were doing evil. But in the day when God visits to judge they will glorify him, because they have observed your honorable deeds. (1 Peter 2:11-12, Common English Bible)

WE are the immigrants

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1 Peter 2:11-12, NIV)

Our allegiance is not here. Not TRUE allegiance. We are to represent our “home” well. Our calling is to remember our ties are to another Kingdom.