Read 1 Peter 2:9-25
What does the Bible say about how we are to live among unbelieving neighbors and co-workers?
Peter’s words in verses 11 and 12 hit the nail on the head. Having just described us as chosen people belonging to a holy nation, he uses the word “foreigners and exiles.” I found the words here extremely helpful in understanding how to live in a Muslim country. The passage describes being accused of doing wrong. My wife and I live in a country where the Christian presence is below 1%. In fact, in the school where I teach, I am the only Christian. In our neighborhood, we are the only Christians. The people in my work place and around us have grown up in a culture where they have been told many false things about Christians and what evil people we are. How can we be a presence in a community like this and make an eternal impact? Peter gives clear instructions where his readers were in a situation similar to ours.
Whether we live in a Christian community where we are surrounded by unbelievers or living in a Muslim country where we may be the only Christian a person may ever meet, the principle Peter lays out is clear: our actions and conduct speak louder than our words. By living above reproach and doing my job with excellence, I have been able to rise to a level of leadership at the school where I work. My wife has been the assistant to the president of the kickboxing association and traveled in a leadership position to a number of countries with the national team. Through these opportunities we have been given a platform for many to see the difference Christ makes in our lives. Would these opportunities have ever arisen if we were not careful to walk in a manner that was pleasing to God?
What about you? Are you living such a “good life” among unbelievers that they see your good deeds and glorify God?
Paul tells the Ephesian church in Ephesians 5:15-16: “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” If we seek to be used by Him, we must take stock of how we are living our lives. May we live in such a way that those who don’t know Christ will glorify God on the day He visits us!
Pray: We are in a time of transition, pray for Y as she is seeking to begin a new work among the elderly.