1 Peter 2 (ESV): “9…you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.”
This scripture proclaims our great privilege: to be the People of God. This is our primary identity, who we really are. And this identity is a secure one, a blessed one. In this translation, the ESV, we are called sojourners and exiles in this world; another translation calls us aliens and strangers (NASB). So while we want to incarnate faithfully and fully in our present situations, we need to remember these situations are not ultimate or final. Our true home is the Kingdom of God, and our true self, “our inner self is being renewed day by day,” as the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:16 (ESV). My prayer is that we more and more seek God and be who we really are, not by own strength and effort, for God said, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit" (Zechariah 4:6, ESV).