“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 us.” 1 Peter 2: 12
Have you ever just been tired of life? With summer upon us, you may be thinking, “It’s time for vacation! I can’t wait to leave town.” In fact, you may even be thinking, “I’m ready for a vacation from life!” We all, at some point or another, get burned out and find that we just need a break. In fact, breaks are not bad things. God gave us the Sabbath for a reason; and then, He gave us the Sabbath year and Jubilee! He gave us these things, because He knew that we would grow tired in our struggle with life.
When Peter writes to encourage the exilic Jewish Christians, I think he had some notion of what it meant to want to escape life. He was the one that had walked with Jesus for 3 intimate years of ministry and then denied him at the end of it. He was the one on fire for the Messiah, zealously defending his every move, but was no where to be found when things got rough. And, he was just one of many who would eventually find that living for Christ would lead to his death.
Peter writes to encourage oppressed Christians who are trying to fly under the radar of Rome’s military. He writes to encourage them: in the midst of your suffering, let people see God through your actions! Life has been hard and may even get harder, but don’t give up in the midst of your weariness. You are here to glorify God with your life, so allow others to see Him in you.
So with school out, vacation coming up, and you thinking about escaping town, remember that you don’t get to take a vacation from life. Take time to rest and rejuvenate. Take time with family and friends. Remind your children of their importance in your life. And, remember that even the unbelievers are curious about how you will face the next day.
Live such a good life, that although someone may not know Christ, they will see him shining through your daily actions and words and decide that God should be praised because of you.