Yesterday as I took a quick glimpse outside of the window, I realized a deep truth that the bible clearly states over and over again, I do not belong to this world. I belong to Christ.
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
I totally get that now!
You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
Now with all that being said, I want to start this post over again. When we are not fitting in with this world it makes it easy to believe that there is something wrong with us, that we just aren’t right, something is wired wrong. Ultimately, the devil uses this truth to make us feel inadequate about ourselves. But no no no! We can’t allow ourselves to believe that!
The case of us not fitting in with this world is because we weren’t made for this world! “Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” isn’t what we are made for. But it goes beyond that. We were made to live for Christ and living for Christ means being hated by the world. It simply means not fitting in.
Why is it then that as humans our most basic emotional drive is to fit in, to be accepted but Christ calls us to be “hated” from the world? It’s confusing, it’s tough, and it definitely isn’t easy to deal with at times.
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
I think that is the answer right there. God wants our love, but not just a part of it, He wants ALL of it!
All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
Either love God or don’t, He doesn’t want us to love Him only when we are comfortable, He wants our love ALWAYS. He deserves our love always. Following God is a full time job plus more!
‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.
The conclusion that I see is that, following God comes with a price. That price is to be hated by the world! And if your heart can’t handle being hated by the world if you can’t give God your full heart, then He would rather have you just serve the world. You are either for the Lord, or against Him. No matter where you are, you can’t fool Him.
Genesis 18:15 (This verse makes me laugh)
Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
God will call your bluff straight out, He knows. We were made for so much more than what this world has to offer. We don’t fit in, because we don’t belong to sin, we belong to Christ. With belonging to Christ comes not fitting in with the world. This forces us to have to trust in God always. We can’t trust the world because we know how sinful it is, we have to keep our eyes focused on Christ.
The world and all its lies will do it’s best to lead us always from Christ. It wants us feeling like we are inadequate. When we feel inadequate we have a harder time accepting Christ and His love and have a much easier time accepting the world. But the world only serves to tear us apart. It does it very successfully. And in the end, it leads to hell.
But Christ loves us, He wants us. He heals us. He takes away your pain. He gives you eternal life with Him, AWAY from sin! He has a joy that can only be achieved by following Him and trusting Him with ALL of your heart. The ache in the bottom of our heart that we cannot find from this world, can only be found in Christ. And that is because His love is never ending for us. His blood set you free.