becoming who you are
Tonight in youth service we started a new series called “Becoming Who You Are”. I spoke from 1 Peter 1:1-2. This is one of my favorite books of the Bible because its themes and perspective resonate with me.
Anyway, the opening of this letter addresses a people who have been marginalized and rejected because of their faith. Peter acknowledges their isolation, but reminds them that they have been chosen and accepted by God.
One of the several things I challenged our students with was that they needed to consider rejection a normal part of the Christian life. Being comfortable in this world isn’t a good thing for the believer, yet that’s what our culture wants from us. At least that’s what we often pursue. How can I fit in? Where can I find acceptance? Instead, Peter says, we’re foreigners here. We’re aliens and exiles who are sojourning through this life and world.
If we don’t feel rejection from the world, then we’re probably too much a part of it.