Living life is hard enough.
Living as strangers can be even harder.
This is what God has asked us to do. Live as strangers in a land we are so attached to. Our sin connects us to a place filled with selfish desires and everything that encourages going against God. But, as Christians, our job is to just that, So how do we attempt to live as strangers in this land?
1. Watch your witness (v. 11, 12)
Peter encourages his audience to live sin free in public and in private. The goal in mind being that God receives the glory. Many times we act one way in public to get praise, but do not back it up in private.
2. Submit to governments (v. 13, 14, 15)
This is something that is very hard to do. This submission does not mean going along with everything a government does (if it did we would all be hurting) but to follow them as best as possible. Do we always agree with them? No. But we must remember that our fight is not with imperfect people, but with Satan, the prince of air who is doing his best to turn the world against God.
3. Endure suffering (v. 19)
Last but not least we are to endure hardships. While that is not the answer we like to hear, that is what we are called to do. Endure the hardships of a broken world and be a light to it. It is not always easy, but it was never promised that it would be either.
Your brother in Christ,