Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world. 1 Peter 2:11-12 (NLT)
That is what I want to be. That is what I want to do. That is how I will live my life. What do you want to be and do? How do you want to live your life? I want to live as a bold and bright witness for you in the world. I want my values, and priorities and goals to be sharply focused on being your bold and bright witness in the world. That is a very good desire that you have within you. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions? Not at all, I’m listening, ask away. What will try to prevent you from being a bold and bright witness for me in the world? Well, I live in a world that is constantly waging war against my soul. I need to be on guard against worldly desires. I need to be continually mindful of the fact that I am a very temporary resident and foreigner in this world. My true and eternal home will be in heaven with you. How does that knowledge impact the way you live your life each day? Knowing that my life on this earth is very temporary guides all my values, priorities, and goals. I don’t want to waste my life and spend it on what will have no lasting and eternal value. How will you spend your life? I will spend my life doing what is pleasing to you. I will go where you guide me. I will do what you ask of me. I will live the life that you are calling me to live. What kind of life am I calling you to live? You are calling me to live like you lived. You want me to think and speak and act like you. You want me to love like you loved. You want me to serve like you served. You want me to give like you gave. You want others to see your life and light being lived out in and through me. You also want my life to be a bold and bright witness for you. You want me to shine like a star in the universe for you. You want others to come to know and love and follow and serve you because of the witness and testimony of my life. Yes, I do. So, I will be very careful to live properly so that nothing will tarnish or disqualify me as your witness. That will be very good. And I know that you will be with me to help me to be your witness in the world. Yes, I will. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I know I am a very temporary resident and foreigner in this world. I will be living here for a very short time. I will be on guard against worldly desires that wage war against my soul. I will be careful to live as a bold and bright witness for you in this world. Amen
Key Question… How has your life born fruit for the kingdom of God because you have lived as a witness for Christ?
Living It Out… Make living as a bold and bright witness for Christ your top value, priority, and goal.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you will bear fruit for the Kingdom of God as you live as a bold and bright witness for Christ.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are be careful to live as a bold and bright witness for Christ.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you live properly so you can be a bold and bright witness for the Lord to unbelievers.
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