Do you believe in aliens? I Peter 1 and 2 actually call you, the believer, an alien and a stranger in this world. When I watch certain TV shows and worldly movies, I shake my head and say Wow, that isn’t right, but do I actually turn away from it? Like my hair smells after a campfire, so do my thought processes. I take on the scent of this world’s thinking.
We are called to be salt and light, but if we lose our saltiness, what kind of witness can we be (Matthew 5:13-16)? I want to be the light of the world. I want sinners to gather around my life like they did Jesus’s. They gathered around Him because He was different than the world. He carried a peace on Him that passed all understanding. It didn’t make sense to them, but they were drawn to it. Why? Because it was different then the muck they were struggling to survive in.
Nobody is perfect, of course, but we have to live holy lives. If it isn’t possible, then why would His word tell us to be holy (1 Peter 1:15-16)? I cannot have the scent of the smoke of the world all around my head and expect to affect and be a witness to this dying world. As Jesus’s followers we are going to look very different. We cannot watch the same things that the nonbelievers do, laugh at the same filthy humor and brush it off as, Oh, that is terrible! Tee hee!
He is returning for a church without spot or wrinkle. It is not about works; we are saved by the price He paid on the cross. As we lean into His strength, He gives us the power to live Godly lives. The further our world turns from Him as the only way and the more our world looks to itself as its own god, the starker the contrast between those who serve Him and those who don’t. Let’s wake up. Let’s embrace that this is not our home nor our final destination. We carry the incorruptible seed of the God of the universe who is holy and who will have no other gods before Him (Exodus 20:3) including the god of “self.”
We are called to be different, and that difference is what will draw people to Him. The difference of smiling when someone cuts us off in traffic, the difference of filtering what our eyes see, the difference of walking in so much peace that we allow the person behind us in the grocery line to go before us. The way I see it, Jesus was in the middle of people who were covered in the sin of this world. He loved them and was among them, but He didn’t jump into the sin with them to be more relevant or so He would be approachable. People approached Him and wanted what He had because He was so different.
So how about we put on love and peace and patience and be the aliens He has called us to be? That is what this desperate world needs.
1 Peter 2:11—“Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 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.”