“It is written, Be ye holy (i.e. set apart) For I am holy…Pass the time of Your sojourning here (on earth) In fear.” 1 Peter 1:17-18
We are all IN this world, but it depends on how we traverse our time here. Some don’t know their place or role and wonder through life trying to figure out why there are here. Others completely settle in and fully embrace all that the world offers. In both these scenarios, as today’s verse admonishes us, do not just be ‘in’ or a ‘part of it’ for two reasons.First, your life — and your time in this world — will be here and gone quickly as Jesus said, “The grass of the field is here today, but tomorrow is cast into the oven.” Second, we are to be HOLY. This means to be separate from this world and not immersed in its ways or pleasures because we are just passing through. As Christians we are neither Strangers or Citizens of this world because “Our Citizenship Is In HEAVEN” (Philippians 3:20) where we have been promised to have “A building of God in a house not made with hands that is eternal in the heavens.” (2 Corinthians 5:1)
Earth is not our final HOME, but a temporary one. Mark 4:19 likewise warns us about separating ourselves and not being caught up in “…the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in.” Christian, you are just Passing Through! Keep moving towards the high calling that God has placed before you and look to the eternal promise that is yours through Christ.