Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 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. 1 Peter 2:11-12 (NIV)
Dane Ortlund writes: “We are pieces of art, designed to be beautiful and thus draw attention to our artist. We are simply made for nothing else.” The way we live our lives matters greatly both now and eternally. It is a dreadful thing to waste a life and we get no do-overs. Peter tells us we are to live as aliens and strangers not in immorality and sinfulness – rather strangers with clean hands and pure hearts. Keeping our accounts short with the Master by running to the cross quickly in repentance for forgiveness, love and acceptance. He turns none away who seek Him. We are His creation, created for good works that God planned in advance for us to walk in.
Believers in Christ are not our own we have been bought with the high price of the blood of Jesus and we are to honor God with our bodies. This is to function properly. If we live to glorify self it will lead to emptiness, exhaustion and death and it will wear us out fast – getting us nowhere. These human bodies of ours were not made to be glorified but to glorify the One who made them. Indeed, we exist for the glory of God. And we are hopeless left to our own resources – particularly when we breathe our last breath. God wants something so much better for us than that. He died to set us free from the slavery of sin and self and to be yoked to Him cloaked in His righteousness and empowered by His Spirit. He equips us to walk in a manner worthy of the Gospel demonstrating His fruit for both His glory and our good – never one surpassing the other. This is to take hold of the life that is truly life. And this is where our purpose is found.
Each one of us is a beautiful creation for His glory to shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of life. We will never regret standing firm in His will, mature and fully assured. It is the Great Adventure.
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.** 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (NIV)**