1 Peter 2:11-14
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 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.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.
As the old song goes…”This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through,”. It is easy to get comfortable and pursue the comforts of this world; all the things that would lead us away from our true identity as a follower of Jesus and child of God. But Peter reminds us that we are displaced from our true home and our Lord has endowed us with the splendor of a greater life beyond the boundaries of this world. Our hope is not here and as such we can endure every discomfort and challenge we experience. We know our Lord is working out his purposes in this world and we are here to participate in His work regardless of what we encounter in the day, for His good purposes will prevail.
Father, Thank you that you are at work in our world today. Help me to remember my citizenship is with you in your kingdom and as such I can live today demonstrating your goodness. May my life reflect you and your goodness regardless of how I am treated or what I experience. May your good purposes prevail today and always, Amen.