Hi! Happy Friday, I hope you all have had an awesome week so far! I want to start by thanking all of you for your prayers over our DNOW weekend. We had a lot of things come up even up to the night before, but Satan and his army were not able to destroy what was going to happen last Saturday night! Your prayers over our youth group, small group leaders, worship band, guest speaker, and youth minister-Patrick- were felt all weekend. Thank you again for all your prayers! ❤
This week I’m talking about something that I’ve been dealing with, especially recently. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been having a harder time living my life the way I am supposed to. I’ve been living in a way that doesn’t show that I’m set apart for a purpose higher than myself, and it’s because somewhere down deep, I hate the idea of being different. I mean, doesn’t everyone? No one wants to be “that weird kid.” It’s in our human nature to desire to fit in. God created us with a need and desire for love and acceptance so that we would be drawn to Him.
That’s a lot of honesty… being different isn’t easy… it requires that we choose to do the right things, say the right words, and act the right way all the time. Do we live correctly every minute of every day? NO. We don’t, and that’s just a part of being human. However, the Bible clearly states that being different is what we are to do. In Romans 12:2, the writer reminds us to be different saying, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” This isn’t the only verse that gives us encouragement to stray away from the path of the wicked world. In Sunday school, we are studying the book of Proverbs chapter by chapter, and this book is a huge letter to the son of the writer and to us today to stay away from the things that the writer has seen and done. The writer encourages us to walk in the way of righteousness and not in step with the wicked. Proverbs 1:15 says, “My son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths.”
However, the Bible doesn’t stop at just telling us “Don’t do what they do… “ or “Live different… ” The Bible goes on to tell us WHY we are to live in a different way than our lost friends do. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But 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.” Chosen, hand picked, masterpiece, such a time as this.. I could go on and on about why we should strive to live like Christ everyday. One of my favorite verses that I’ve often been reminded of as of late says, “For you are God’s masterpiece. Created anew in Christ Jesus to do the great things He planned for you long ago.” (Eph. 2:10) Wow… So not only are we created in the image of God, but each of us are a different masterpiece that God has taken the time to sculpt. He has knitted us together and continues to guide us as we walk through this life. He has called us to do GREAT THINGS and we can’t follow Him if we’re terrified of being different, rejected, or hated for what we believe.
When I think about being different and hating it or being scared of rejection, my mind floats to Queen Esther from the Bible. I can’t imagine what fear she felt as she stepped up before the king unannounced on behalf of her people-the Jews. This bold step out onto the waters of faith could’ve costed her everything, including her life! However, in the midst of her fears, she rose up to ‘fight’ for her people. I am often reminded of Esther 4:14 that says, “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” If Esther had not stood up and gone before the king on the behalf of her family, she would’ve surely perished along with all the Jews in the land.
You are called to be different, to stand out, and stand up “for such a time as this.” Maybe you’re being called out upon your waters. It may not be going overseas or even across the nation. It may be to witness in the hallways of your high school or in the office at your workplace. However, if you’re being called to quit your job right now and move your entire family to Iraq, then go do it! God has called YOU to do great things that only you can do. You can touch people in ways that no one else ever could. Don’t be afraid to be different. Don’t be nervous to stand out. Life for God is life forever, and if we’re afraid to stand up, stand out, and LIVE DIFFERENT, then who will?
I hope you all enjoyed what I had to say today. I ask that you would continue to keep sweet Levi and his family (Ezelle/Britt) in your prayers this week as they continue to face the future in regard of his open heart surgery he had yesterday! Thank you for reading today; don’t forget to check out Lacey’s post from Tuesday, and come back next week for more! ❤
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