In this verse, Peter reveals a key mindset that allowed him to become one of the great leaders of the early church. His mindset was that we are living in exile in this world.
Joseph Tson is a modern day example of what living in exile looks like. Tson was a pastor in Romania while the church was under severe persecution. During his years of service, he was arrested many times, and even threatened with death. However, these threats didn’t stop Ton from serving faithfully until he was forced to leave Romania in 1981. Joseph Tson wasn’t afraid to die because he knew that his real home awaited him after death.
Working in the busy world of medicine, it’s very easy for us to forget that our true home is not this world. We get caught up in the busyness of practicing good medicine, seeking to serve our patients well. Without knowing it, we can slip into the mindset that this world is our home.
When that thinking settles upon us, we can begin to strafe at the struggle of living in this world, the inevitable disappointments that come our way. We begin questioning why there is such pain in the world and sense our level of frustration rising.
Peter’s reminder helps us re-focus our mindset away from this world and onto the true home that awaits us. It doesn’t mean that we should live in a cocoon and pine away our time waiting until we get to heaven. After all, there are works that the Lord wants us to accomplish during our time here.
But as we go about our day, if we remember that we are living in exile, we will not be so surprised at the pain and suffering we encounter in medicine. We will not be so overwhelmed at the evil that exists in this world.
Instead, we will have a way to provide hope to those who are struggling with their life circumstances. We can point them to the true life that awaits us…a life of eternal peace and joy provided to us by the sacrifice of Jesus.
Prayer: Lord, remind me that this world in not my true home; help me communicate the hope of my true home to others today.