Not Our Home

This coming Sunday I’m excited to move into the letter of 1 Peter. Our series is titled “Not Our Home”. To get us tracking in the same direction consider this…when you’re not from a country, you can be one of several things…
(1) An Immigrant: you’re not from here, but you’ve made this place your new permanent home. This is what a lot of Christians do with the world. They live as citizens of this world and treat this world as if it is their permanent home. They are really concerned with how things are turning out down here; they leverage most of their resources to make a comfortable life here; they worry about their reputation here; they’re worried about what they’re going to miss out on here. This just isn’t right.
(2) A Tourist: A tourist is someone who never really gets involved; you just pass through; speak your language; stay in your group; eat your food; stay in Western hotels; look for Starbucks. That’s the attitude a lot of Christians have toward this world: stay separated; never get involved. You’re like, “I’m just passing through; me and Kirk Cameron are waiting to get raptured off of this trailer park of a planet.” That’s actually wrong, too.
(3) An Exile: You’re not trying to become an immigrant (you realize you’re a citizen of heaven); but you also realize that for a time you are stationed here and you need to plant part of your life here (you don’t live as a tourist).
When Israel was exiled in Babylon this is what God said to them: Jeremiah 29:4–7 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem: 5’Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. 6Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! 7And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.’”
As we dive into Peter’s writing…I think you will recognize he gives the church the same charge Jeremiah gave to the exiles. This isn’t our home, but while we’re here let’s be the hands and feet of Jesus.

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