“So you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure being joined together grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place by God, by the Spirit”
These past couple of days I have been thinking about a lot of things as I have been making my preparations for Africa. Even before I found this scripture, my heart has been wrestling with the concept of what it really means to be an exile on this planet. In 1 Peter 1, Peter addresses the “elect exiles” in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia. That may not mean that much to you (and to me for that matter) however as I read 1 Peter 1 I can’t help but feel Peter talking to us.
We are elect exiles.
Now what does that really mean? What I think it really boils down to is that our citizenship is not on this earth. Our citizenship lies in Heaven with God. Now think about that. We were made by God to glorify Him. That is our purpose. We are called to live in this world but not be a part of it because our citizenship is of the kingdom of God.
So when Paul writes in Ephesians that we are ‘…no longer aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God…’ this is a big deal. We have been bought with a price. We have been adopted into God’s family. With the blood of Jesus, God has bought back his own children. What was already His, God paid the ultimate sacrifice. He did this so we can be counted as one of His to be a citizen in His household.
Just like in the Book of Hosea, God tells Hosea to marry a prostitute. This relationship symbolizes the relationship the Jewish people had with God and how unfaithful they have been. Essentially Hosea had to buy back what was already his because his wife had sold herself into slavery for money.
God did the same thing for us.
We were created in His image to bring Him glory, and yet every day we sell ourselves to new idols. We spit on the face of the one who paid it all. We sell our self to the next fad that everyone is doing, to the next material possession that will one day fade away, to the next relationship that we get in to try and fill our needs.
When Jesus died on the cross a lot of people talk about how physically painful it was. And they are partially correct, it was and still is one of the most painful ways to die, however when Jesus asks God “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39) it is not the physical pain that he fears, it is the spiritual pain that he is asking relief from.
Jesus who was with God from the beginning, and had always been of one accord of God, always been one with God, would become separated from God. Jesus who has always been completely blameless, innocent, and pure would become the very thing that God can not be in the presence of; sin. When Jesus was crucified on that cross He became Sin. And what is sin? It is what separates us from God. Not only did Jesus become my sin and your sin, He became the sin of every single person who had lived, was living at the time, and would ever live. In those in his last moments Jesus cries “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani” which means “My God, My God why have you forsaken me” In this moments God turned his back from His son as painful as it was because he loves us. The blood of His son spilled so that we may enter in His kingdom and be counted as children of God.
As I write this now I can hardly continue to type in lieu of this fact. God loves us so much that he would let His only son die and have him experience a separation from God so that we may be connected to God. We were bought with a price, even though we are already His.
How then are we living our lives? Are we living like we are saved? Are we truly living in the victory over Satan and death like we should be? Or do we find our self chasing the next ounce of gratification and pleasure that is only temporary. Are we looking for the new fancy phone or device to fill our need to be gratified instantly? Are we seeking that next boyfriend or girlfriend to fill the whole in our hearts that really needs to be filled with Jesus. Do we live like we’re saved? Are we “presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1). Please, I implore you, take some time to pray and reflect on this. Our true citizenship is in Heaven. God has granted us access to be with Him eternally. Does our life reflect a life transformed by Jesus Christ?
Surrendered to Him,
Thanks so much Janice! we’ll catch up as soon as your not so busy! i’m busy too so i understand. when are you free?
Cannot wait. The all access pass is holding me over until then!
this is why charmander is the inferior choice for a starting pokemon… Squirtle FTN! (for the nguyen)
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Twee Overload of the Day: (500) Days of Summer co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel cover “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” by Frank Loesser of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” fame.
Earlier: Zach Braff and Donald Faison cover “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
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Why does 6 hours of sleep between 3am and 9am feel so much better than 6 hours of sleep between 12am and 6am?
"Christ the savior is born"
This is a beautiful rendition!