Alien in a Foreign Land

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits. 1 Peter 2:11-12 (NIV)

Since my move to the United States I have come to far better understand the Bible references to Christians being “aliens in a foreign land’.

Moving from Canada to the USA, I did not expect to find many differences and thought my transition would be a smooth one. I had justified my thinking after visiting several times before my move and noted that the majority of the things I was accustomed to remained the same, after all “I will still be living in a North American country. How much could really be different?” I would reassure myself.

In my 11 months here I have seen the subtleties that make each country unique from each other. Though the daily routines in life may remain somewhat the same, it’s in the little things you begin to notice the things that are different. To look at me no one would guess that I am foreign to this land, only in the little things you notice; and begin to ponder “There’s something different about her!” As people get to know me, they begin to discover what it is that makes me different. Maybe it’s my slight accent, or a variation in food choice from the average
Missourian etc. 

The same is said about our lives here on earth. In the scripture we find many references to life being temporary. Throughout its pages we read that we are “aliens and strangers” in this world. From a glance at our outward appearance we may look no different, but it’s in the little details that the world takes notice that there is something very different about us. It’s in our inner pursuit to be more like Jesus, and to follow him that the subtleties are found to be not so subtle after all. 

Jesus is the perfect example of how to be an alien in a foreign land. To many he was a teacher. But to those who knew him, they discovered the truth and were changed by it.

As I am learning through my move to Missouri to no longer hide my heritage and simply blend in with the crowd, I am also learning to take the same principles and apply them to my life as a follower of Christ. Embracing the scripture listed above from 1 Peter 2:11-12 (NIV).

Jesus, I thank you that you are constantly showing us through your word how to live in and among a fallen world. Yet you show us how to be set apart so that your glory might bring light into a dark world and bring them hope. Amen.