If you read LivingItOut last week, you might have read about my experience as a new Christian in my job as a police officer. As I learned over time, I wasn’t the ONLY Christ follower in the department, but I was one who was on fire for my faith. I found that I was an “outcast,” even though I was right where I had been before asking Jesus to lead my life. As much as I might have liked to just hang out with other Christians, my world still consisted of colleagues who did not share my new worldview, public customers who still required police intervention in their lives, and my family, most of whom thought I had entered another “phase” that would soon pass. More than anything, I wanted these people to get to know Jesus.
For the next several years, I worked in that job, trying to be a model of how a person lives her life loving Jesus and the people he loves. This was my mission. I felt that God had called me and then left me in the place where he wanted me to serve him. I was willing to be used in whatever way I could. I prayed for people and held prayer events, led Bible studies, and ministered to parents and kids in trouble. I was grateful to work in a community that still had high regard for God because that allowed me to share my faith more easily.
The apostle Peter’s letter is addressed to those Christ followers who were dispersed among Gentile nations. They were scattered, as Peter says, through many provinces.
1 Peter 1:1-2
1 This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ.
I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. 2 God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
May God give you more and more grace and peace.
Peter’s audience felt out of place. They felt like they didn’t belong. Maybe you are experiencing something similar. Peter’s message is for you and me just as much as it was for them: despite how out of place we may feel, rest assured that God knows us. Our true home is with him. And when you know where you belong, you can live confidently out of place.
When was the last time you felt out of place?
Do you feel out of place in your current circumstances?
In what place do you feel like you most belong?
Can you think of a time when you felt like you belonged? What did that feel like?
This week look for the place God has called you to be the one who stands up for him in that place. You are not alone—you belong to a huge family of Christ followers who will love and support you.
This past weekend, Ben encouraged us to spend time 1 Peter! Each day this week, we will spend time in one chapter. Today, we will focus on 1 Peter 1.
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 God, thank you for the places you have put me in, where I get to exercise my faith and watch you show up in ways I never expected. Thank you for trusting me to carry out your mission here, right where you put me! I love and trust in the plans you have for me! Amen.
This post was written by Lauri White. Lauri is one of the 25 people who God used to start CedarCreek 21 years ago, and was on staff until 2013. She and her husband Mike love to travel the country in their motor home with their kitties Jane & Mary. Lauri is passionate about prayer, and about helping women discover who they are in Christ. She doesn’t tweet but you can follow her and Mike’s adventures on Facebook.
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