Morning Coffee 11/13/12

“Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage 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.” 1 Peter 2:11-12
It is amazing what we can learn from our children. I take the time to observe my children all of the time just to make sure that there is no strange behavior being adopted by the children they are around daily. Another reason I observe them is to make sure that they are not developing self-esteem issues or any other bad habits. My youngest son is so much like me and my oldest is so much like my wife, it is unreal. When Jason gets into a new environment, he is very guarded and observant. He won’t say a lot and in no way does he have a problem with showing that he is uncomfortable. When he is introduced to a new environment and new people he acts like he doesn’t belong there and his preference is to stick close to daddy.

In this situation most people never get the opportunity to see his real personality or character because he rather serve his purpose and get back home where he feels safe. In the mean time, safety for him is sticking close to his parents. He understands at a young age that if he lets his guard down then someone will get in his space and try to get him to do things that he really don’t want to do. In our walk with Christ it should really be the same.

We are called to a higher standard as children of God and while we are here in the world we should live up to that call as best we can. Peter says “dear friends” meaning those who share in the mission of sharing the gospel, God’s chosen people. Foreigners and exiles are strangers who are considered as resident aliens with no legal status or temporary residents. We were not called to get comfortable in the world causing us to let our guard down, we were called to glorify God in all that we do and be shining examples of how to live a Godly life.

Just like my son, we have to resist our desire to adapt to the world or to our environment if it is going to cause us to become disconnected to God. Paul said, “He became all things to all men so that he could win one.” Paul went off to Arabia for three years to prepare himself to be able to conform with the sole purpose of glorifying God. You know if you are ready to stand for Christ and not be influenced to get off track. In the example with my son, he realizes that he is not ready to conform so instead he chooses to stay close to his father. We have to do the same thing. In order to keep ourselves from falling victim to the ways of the world we have to identify with who we really are and stay as close to God as possible. The main reason is because staying close to our Father means protection.

Becoming more like the world will cause a negative reaction that we are not prepared to deal with. Submitting to our sinful nature will cause life to wage a war on us and the more disconnected to God we are the more likely we are to lose the fight and become a victim.

Embrace the fact that we are strangers in a foreign land called to live by a higher standard. We are free in Christ and living that way will automatically free others to do the same. If we just walk in the shadow of our Father our light will shine so bright that those in our presence will have the opportunity to escape darkness and embrace their true identity; children of God (strangers in a foreign land).

God Bless,

Jesse Watson Jr.

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