by Pastor Mark Jordan
“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 2:12, NIV)
You are called to a new perspective as you begin to live a called life for Jesus. This is the essential next step once you recognize you are called to live in the light of God and let Jesus take your place as you live for Him. This new perspective about your life is super important, because of the eternal ramifications.
In today’s verse, we see Peter instruct people to live such good lives among non-believers that they think you’re doing wrong. This means you must learn to live a counter-cultural life. Honestly, this is difficult, and requires us to remember we are to surrender to God so Jesus can live in our place.
There are so many examples in our modern world where living righteously for the Lord appears to be wrong. That puts a lot of pressure on those trying to do the right thing. In our current climate, trying to do the right thing can often bring about some disproportionate retaliatory pressure. The typical M.O. is to dehumanize someone with whom we disagree so we no longer are dealing with people, but evil, which makes it to much easier to dismiss opinions we don’t like. This is troubling to say the least.
Jesus prepared His disciples for this before His crucifixion. Check out what He told them, which is still so relevant for us today: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:18-19). This new perspective can — and will — help you when you face all kinds of opposition for going Jesus’ way on the Highway to Holiness. Don’t give up, but remember you’re in very good company!
Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to live with your perspective. This can be so hard for me when I face all kinds of opposition for doing the right thing, but I know I’m in good company. Help me to keep that perspective and live for you so you keep living in me. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.