Romans 12:2 -“Do not conform to this world’s thinking, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
Too many Christians have a head or book knowledge about God, but they don’t know Him in a personal and intimate way! When we come to God, He reveals His work around us and we become aware of His presence and then He is able to work through us!
2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus
will be persecuted.”
There is no such thing as “fitting in” and walking with Jesus at the same time.
I’ve been told on many occasions from several people that I make them feel uncomfortable because of my standards and beliefs.
If the way that I live makes a person spiritually uncomfortable, then that means God is using me! God didn’t create me to be loved or liked by this world or the people in it. On the contrary…
Jesus said in John 15:19,”If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
As children of God, our perspective must be heavenly birthed!
From a worldly stand point, mountains can be enormous and a valley too deep, but imagine flying on a plane, soaring above the clouds! Looking out of the window, mountains and valleys look the same, but you know that they really aren’t, it’s just perspective; a point of view! God’s perspective of our lives is much the same!
We aren’t called to tell God how big certain mountains are in our lives, or how deep different valleys are, because He created them; He knows! We are here as living examples of God; His hands and His feet if you will.
2 Corinthians 6:17 – Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you.
Again, to “fit in” isn’t a part of the plan.
As long as God is first, we will never be last!
The bible says that we were crucified with Him (Galatians 2:20), we were raised from the dead with Him (Colossians 3:1), we will live with Him (I Thessalonians 4:16-17), and we are to sit at the right hand of God with Him as kings and priests (1Peter 2:9).
Nothing on this earth should matter. Popularity, status, finances, relationships, appearance etc. they all change, but God is constant!
1 Peter 2:19-21 – For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.