Living as Foreigners

I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. -1 Peter 1:1 NLT

I love the way that Peter begins this letter to believers in Jesus who have been scattered all over the world. These who once, like Peter, may have known the secure familiarity of growing up in Israel are now dispersed and living in alien lands. He calls them chosen people. People who belong to God. Sons and daughters living in relationship to their Father.

In truth, we are all living as foreigners. We who pray for God's kingdom to come live as ambassadors of that realm and reign. It is sometimes difficult because the lure of the earthly kingdom is so strong. And faith often calls us to renounce that kingdom to proclaim the heavenly one by the words that we speak and the example that we set.

Once again Lord. We ask for forgiveness. We ask for strength. Let your kingdom come and your will be done in us.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the writings of Peter.

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