First Baptist GeorgeTown

September 25, 2016

GO DEEPER

Other verses to read: Philippians 3:20; 1 Peter 1:1-2; Mark 12:17.

An exile is someone who has been prevented from entering their native country. When the people of Israel were taken captive by the Babylonian Empire, their home in Jerusalem felt far away. Babylon would have been so very different from what they had known in Jerusalem.

The apostle Peter refers to Christians as “strangers and exiles” in the world. Do you feel the tension of living amongst people who do not hold to the truth of God? As a response to today’s message, begin meeting with a trusted fellow believer and challenge each other to live distinctively Christian lives.

Some believers choose to isolate themselves from the culture, while others choose to embrace the culture. However, God had an alternate response to the culture in mind when He gave this message through the prophet Jeremiah. Actively seeking the good of the place where we live even though we disagree with the culture is what God desires of us as His ambassadors.

When is the last time you sought to be a blessing to someone you totally disagree with spiritually or politically? This week, if you find yourself in a disagreement with someone over political or spiritual matters, seek to kindly engage with them in a way that shows your humble reliance upon God.

Make a plan to be a blessing in some tangible way to that person. Seek his or her welfare in some action over the next week or so.

God told the Israelites that they would find their welfare in the welfare of Babylon and to seek for its good. Think of ways in which you can affect our community and nation for Christ that will be a benefit to it.

Be proactive about preparing for the upcoming election. In the next two weeks, get registered to vote and encourage others to do so as well.

Committ to pray for our elected officials and leaders, knowing that God has commanded us to pray (1 Timothy 2:1-2).