“Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residents to abstain from fleshly desires that war against you. Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do evil, they may, by observing your good works, glorify God in a day of visitation.” – I Peter 2:11, 12 (HCSB)
We need to live lives devoted to Christ regardless of how others treat us.
Every second of every minute of every hour of every day we make the choice to either live for Christ or against Him. There is no middle ground; we must always be focused in such a way that even our loudest critics are forced to admit that we live a life devoted to God. We don’t know how much time we have here in this life. We must love with an urgent passion, with every moment focused on our devotion to God. We must humble ourselves, put away our selfishness and seek Him constantly – without ceasing!
Lord, You know I often fall short of my goal of living for You; forgive me. Instill an urgent passion for You in the depths of my soul. May I hunger for You in a manner that cannot be satisfied until we meet in Heaven. “Give me reckless faith…”