This Month's Promise

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.”

- (Psalm 34:17)

Read: I Peter 2: 9-12


“...I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires...” (I Peter 2: 11)

Have you experiened what it means to be a stranger in a strange land! You will never know what it is like until you visit a foreign country and there are people who do not look like you, talk like you, think like you or live like you. They have a set of values you don’t understand, a language you cannot speak, and food you cannot eat. You pick up the newspaper and you cannot read it. You turn on the television and it does not make sense. You are standing on a sidewalk and you cannot communicate with the people who pass by and no matter how friendly the people are, you always have this in mind - you are an outsider. The same thing can be applied in our spiritual live. If we are followers of Jesus - we become strangers - not in some other country but in our own place. It is like going back to the place where we grew up as small children only to find out that everything has changed and nothing looks the same. What has made us strangers in our own place? It is our salvation.

Roger was a businessman and after he accepted Jesus as his Savior, he decided as a Christian not to cheat, or lie. He decided to deliver what he promised to his customers. And so he was a stranger in the world. Joyce was a Christian teenager. She decided to live for Jesus in her high school. And she became an alien overnight ! Kate was a bank employee. She worked in an office where coarse language, profanity and loose talk were accepted as the norm but Kate decided not to join. She decided to do her work as unto the Lord, not as pleasing men but in order to please God. She decided that money will not be the determining factor in her life. And she was a stranger in the world. Dear friends, are you also undergoing such experiences? If any of the above said things are true, then welcome to the fraternal order of Christian strangers. You are an alien in this world because you are a citizen of heaven. So do not be discouraged if you sometimes feel out of place. Just remember you have not come to your home yet!

PRAYER: Dear Lord, when people ridicule me or reject me for being a Christian, let me not feel sad or discouraged. Help me to remember that I am a citizen of heaven and that I am on my way home to meet You someday and receive the crown of glory from You. Thank You for saving me. Amen.