My husband likes sci-fi. A lot. I’ve seen more movies about aliens in the last 6+ years that I have in the all the previous years of my life. I’m not sure why the creators of these creatures always include slime. Gross. But the best movies are the ones where the aliens look like normal human beings. These plots provide the most suspense as you’re never sure which person is an alien and which is not. While at some point in the movie they usually reveal their true nature and appearance (here comes the slime), they assimilate themselves into life on earth very well prior to this revelation. It’s hard to tell the aliens from the humans.
Did you know that if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, YOU’RE the alien?? John records Jesus saying “….you are not of the world…” John 15:19. At the moment we put our faith in Him, He made us new creatures – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 He gave us His Holy Spirit to live in us which changed our nature!
Peter wrote a letter to some of the churches that were undergoing suffering and persecution. He reminds them that they have been “regenerated – born again – not from a mortal origin, but from one that is immortal...” 1 Peter 1:23.
He goes on to exhort them in their conduct, “…be done with every trace of wickedness and all deceit and insincerity and grudges and slander and evil speaking of every kind.” 2:1, and called them a “…chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people…that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you…” 2:9
Then he makes a very serious and emotional request, “Beloved, I implore you as aliens and strangers and exiles in this world to abstain from the evil desires and passions of the flesh, your lower nature…” 2:11.
The question of the day: Does the world (those without Christ) know we are aliens? Can they tell any difference between us and themselves, their friends, our co-workers? Or have we so assimilated ourselves with the world that we look and act the same?
Now, I’m not against wearing the latest fashions (if modest) or makeup, etc. God is not nearly as concerned about the outward as the inward – the heart. “…for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
But does the world see us just like them? Can they tell a difference in what we say and what we do? Do they think we’re peculiar? (I love that verse. It’s ok to be peculiar. 🙂 )
Let’s look at 1 Peter 2:9 again: “you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…”
Our lives are to display HIM!! Let’s live our lives so much in love with Jesus that people can’t help but notice we’re peculiar…I mean different!!