Do we ever consider that today that there are those who live in exile from the will and hope of God because they fail to see and understand the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. You see as much as we might love this world we live in scripture tells us that since Adamís fall the whole world groans in anticipation of being set free once again. Just as each of us as Christians do; Romans 8:19-22 (NLT.) I look forward to that day every morning when I rise and every evening when I go to sleep. Yet as I wait along with you I have come to realize we live in exile from the place we long to be. In 1 Peter 1: 1-2 we read a greeting that while addressed to certain cities and regions applies to each of us today. Peter states;
1 This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to Godís chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. 2 God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace. 1 Peter 1:1-2 (NLT)
Today we are living in a world that sees what we believe as Christians as more and more foreign to what the world holds as truth. We are foreigners in a country and a world that once held many of the same beliefs and was founded on the same principles outlined in Godís Word. Yet today there is a movement to forget that and move away from it and establish a world based on manís ethics and ideas. So when we as Christian believers hold fast to Godís word we find ourselves mocked and ignored often seen as ignorant and intolerant of others. The same was true of those Peter wrote to; many were dispersed and came to live in these places but many more were converted and began to change the communities in which they lived. The truth is the church flourishes under persecution and the more the world tries to exile it from the public the more growth it sees in the lives of people. I just want to challenge you today to hold fast and know that to walk in the light of Godís Word through a real relationship with Jesus Christ will bring you one day into the place God has created for you and me. The exile will be over and one day He will welcome us home.