Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. (1 Peter 2:11)
In this passage, Peter is reminding Christ followers that we are foreigners (pilgrims) in this world. We are temporary residents on our way to our eternal home—Heaven. As such, we need to remember that we are to have a heavenly (Godly) mindset. We need to see things from God’s perspective with eternity in mind. Everything we do on this earth should be for the honor and glory of God. As I wrote this previous sentence, it really gave me pause. That’s a noble purpose, a Godly purpose, that can only be accomplished with His empowerment.
Let’s stop and think about that. Knowing that our days are numbered, we need to make each day count. Yes, we have secular duties and jobs that we need to perform. Some may have earthly rewards attached: paycheck, promotions, bonuses, etc. Some may seem to be insignificant: not highly acclaimed, appreciated or even noticed. Everything has eternal value however, when done for the glory of God. Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord, rather than for men. (Colossians 3:23 NASB)
Obviously, this mindset requires a deeper relationship with God. Our daily quiet time with Him is imperative in pursuing and maintaining intimacy with Him throughout the day. Bible reading, memorization of empowering verses, meditation, reflection, prayer and listening for what He says to us are all essential elements in knowing and walking according to His will.
The beginning of a new year is often a time when we evaluate what we are doing and how effective it is. Ask yourself:
• Has my devotion time with God become more routine than life-changing?
• Am I reading the Word for revelation or what others say about the Word?
• Am I applying the Word what I read throughout the day?
• Am I allowing God to speak to me personally when I spend time with Him?
• Am I yielding to the Holy Spirit, relying on His power when I am weak?
Everyone’s time with God is uniquely personal. What works for your friend or family member, may not be the same thing that is effective for you. Take time to think about your relationship with your Heavenly Father. Ask Him to show you what He wants you to do for Him. Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” (Isaiah 30:21 NASB)
Pilgrim: walk this way!
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on Living with a Pilgrim Mentality on January 4th, 2019 - Watch Sermon