Time Alone With God daily devotional

Monday, December 12

Time Alone With God daily devotional

Written by Pastor Phil Stout of JAXNAZ Church

Read: 1 Peter 1:17-21

1 Peter 1:17-21

New International Version (NIV)

17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

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Consider: Peter teaches us to live out our lives “as foreigners here” (1:17). This instruction has given us a title that we embrace. We are “resident aliens.”

Whenever I remember that I am a resident alien, I feel the sentiment expressed by the late Rich Mullins…

Nobody tells you when you get born here
How much you’ll come to love it
And how you’ll never belong here
So I call you my country
And I’ll be lonely for my home

Now let’s not get confused. Our home is not some faraway place. Christ is our home. And the One who came in the flesh will one day return. His presence will make our world his home, and in so doing, make it our home as well.
At his return the voice from the throne will proclaim…

“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21:3-5)

The breathtaking beauty of that statement can make us a little homesick. But while we yearn for that day, we realize that our call is not simply to hunker down until Jesus returns. As resident aliens, we have an attitude, an approach and a calling—a calling to make our home a reality in the strange land in which we live today.

Pray: “Lord, this Advent Season is our time of waiting, anticipating, yearning and hoping. Thank you that you have made us part of your work. Our hope is in our hearts, in our minds and in our hands. But ultimately our hope is in you. Thank you for loving your world so much.”

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