Fitting in or standing out

imageLive 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)

Read: 1 Peter 2:11-25

Consider: Peter recognised that as Christians his readers would face misunderstanding and even lies about what they believed and practised. Nothing seems to have changed! Secular society today regards Christians as weak and deluded. There even seems to be a concerted campaign to discredit Christian doctrine and to undermine the teaching of the Bible.

How are we to respond? By bending over backwards to accommodate the world view? To change church from a place where people can be instructed and fed spiritually, to a social centre that has a fear of sharing the ‘words of eternal life’ and fails to tell about the life-changing nature of the gospel? As individual Christians are we to hide our faith for fear of offending others? Are we to adopt the world’s standards so that we are indiscernible from those around us?

Peter suggests that rather than fitting in, we should stand out! The words he uses ‘Live such good lives ‘ suggest going above and beyond how people would expect us to behave, to ensure that we stand out in society. This is not for the reason that people might think well of us, because Peter points out that even in these circumstances it is likely that the accusations will continue. No, the reason for living such good lives is that those around us may ultimately ‘glorify God’.

Pray: Father, help us to live our lives in such a way that the world sits up and takes note. Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we may become more and more Christlike in our attitudes and actions. Amen

Every blessing