I just had my fifth baby. I homeschool our children, and they are not involved in many outside activities. My family looks different than the vast majority of the families around us, and yes, sometimes, I’m afraid that my children will be “weird, unsocialized homeschoolers.” Sometimes. But most of the time, I look at the lifestyle my family has chosen to live, and I have peace. I know that the road God has called us to is not the road he’s called everyone to, but it’s the right road for us. We will look different, and my children may question the choices we have made. Ultimately, I am not living for the approval of the world around me but seeking to do what God has called us specifically to do. I make choices today that reflect my hopes for the future. I will not be answering to my neighbors or the person at the grocery store, but to God himself. I question myself at times, but I know that this world is not my final home. And though I am living in this world, it is not where I will spend eternity. I cannot let my fears of today or even tomorrow overshadow the fact that this is not my final destination.
Most of us live as if the decisions we make today will change our tomorrows. We worry about what we eat, what school our children go to, what job we have, and where we fit into the social ladder. Basically, we worry about everything we possibly can fret about. As Christ followers, we should be looking at how our tomorrow—heaven—impacts our today. When we live with eternity in mind, the decisions we make should look differently than those made by others around us. We will still experience pain and difficulties in this world, but we know that this pain or trial is temporary. We are called to be faithful for we know that this earth is not our home.
Peter exhorts us in the following passage to live with “great expectation” of the “priceless inheritance” we will receive in heaven.
1 Peter 1:3-5
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
Peter was imprisoned on many occasions and was ridiculed by those around him, but he was hopeful. He allowed the hope he had of tomorrow’s heaven to shape his views of today. He praised God for his great mercy that allows us to be born again and to have the hope of salvation. He suffered for Christ knowing that he was an alien in a foreign land and that he would eventually be returning home. Therefore, all of the suffering he would experience here on earth would be worth it in the end.
Think about how you are living your life. Are you living for this world or for heaven?
Are you allowing your final destination to direct the way you live your life today? What is one way you can shift your mindset to one that reflects your hope for eternity?
Think about an issue with which you are struggling. Re-evaluate that struggle in light of eternity. Try a new perspective by remembering that this life is fleeting, and heaven is our ultimate destination.
As we continue through 1 Peter this week, we focus on 1 Peter 2 today.
Feel free to simply read through the chapter. Or, you can listen to it through the StreetLights Bible. Download their app or visit them online at http://www.streetlightsbible.com.
Lord, thank you for the hope we have in Christ. Thank you for reminding us that this life is but a fleeting vapor and that even though we are aliens in this world, we can anticipate a future better than we can imagine when we are finally home with you. Give us the gift of perspective when we feel burdened by the cares of this world. Remind us that we will eventually forget all of the cares of today when we reach heaven. Amen.
This post was written by Julie Mabus. Julie Mabus is a writer with the LivingItOut Bible Study. She has a passion for thinking about big ideas, art, reading, and seeing God reveal himself through creation. She is married and is homeschooling her four young children.
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