Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
1 Peter 1:17
God doesn’t show favorites. For Peter this is motivation to live right. God is a righteous Judge and will be so to each person. We live in the fear of God. This isn’t being afraid, but living with the utmost respect for this great God! He is awesome and unspeakable. In view of Him, Peter says to live our lives as strangers here. We have another home. We’re just passing through! God is our Father and He’s taking us somewhere.
Whenever we go on vacation we often can stay in a condo, which is nice for a family our size! When we’re on vacation I never mow the grass or fix electrical outlets or paint the walls – like I do at home (sometimes). Why is that? Because I’m just visiting! Now I usually love being on vacation and dream about staying there longer, but I know not to put down roots. I’ll be going home very soon. This is what Peter is saying to us. While it’s very important how we live here, the reality is that we’re here for only a little while. “Live your lives as strangers.” Don’t invest your heart into this place as if it were your home. It’s not. In 1 Peter 2:11 he wrote, “I urge you as aliens and strangers in the world…”
Since this world is the only ‘home’ we’ve ever known, it is easy to invest your heart, time and resources here. Ultimately it’s like rearranging the chairs on the Titanic. Our home in God’s Presence is one that we see now by faith. We live for that place and one day will experience it – just as surely as we experience life in this world. Everyone who places their trust in Christ will go there. And not for 80 or 100 years, but forever.
Lord Jesus, teach me what it looks like to live as a stranger here. Rearrange my priorities to reflect your Kingdom values. Live through me and help me to bring as many people as possible to You.