Tells us that as believers we are like sojourners just passing through this world. This world is not our home and I found some really awesome links to this concept..
Why is this world not our home?
In John 15:18-23, we see Jesus telling his disciples that if the world hates you, that to remember it hated Jesus first. Remember back when He was born and the attempts Herod had in trying to kill Jesus? Also, Satan tried so many different times to get rid of Jesus through people and he thought he won at the cross. But Jesus had victory that day as well.
Jesus says as well in this passage, that He chose us OUT of this world. We hear that churchy word used alot “sanctification”..it means to be “set apart” It’s a continual process of God molding us into the likeness of Jesus. There are many verses about being set apart and I want to give you some, I hope you can look them up, it really is just so cool how the Bible all relates:
Romans 12:2; Ephesians 2:10 ; 1Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 2:20; 1Peter 2:9; John 17:15-18 <- Jesus’ prayer for us.
So back in 1Peter 2, that section ends with an encouragement. That we live our lives “set apart”,or sanctified, to Christ, so that others that are not saved can see a difference and will want Jesus. If we live like the world who hate Jesus, why would they want to turn to Him? We glorify God with our testimony for Him. We give Him a rep with our lives and the way we live out His amazing love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness to those around us.
So I want to encourage you and me, to remember we are just passing through (the song I’ll fly away just popped in my head)..don’t allow things of this world to steal your love, joy, and testimony for Jesus. If you struggle with living like the world, I’d encourage you to read Isaiah 57:18 and Lamentations 3:22,23,25,26,40-42, He wants to restore you, it’s never too late and you are NEVER too far gone.❤❤