Hey weirdo, yeah I’m talking to you…You don’t fit in around here do ya?
Do you ever find yourself feeling like an outcast and like an alien in your friend group? Like the things that you are doing aren’t wrong, not necessarily right, just… off?
The truth is, when we accept Christ into our lives and say that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, we are different. It changes us. (From the Inside Out, right?) God steps into our hearts and into our lives so that we can finally have the Holy Spirit and be anointed by Christ…
Yeah, that’s a bunch of words that strung together can get a little confusing, so let me make it easier for you.
“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.” Romans 12:2
We want to be different and be transformed. Because being different causes us to think of what God wants in our lives. The more we find God’s will in our lives, the more others begin to take notice. The more others take notice, the more people will begin to turn to Jesus. The more people turn to Jesus, the more a revival breaks out with hearts and minds turning to Jesus… Kinda feels like those If You Give a Mouse a Cookie books taken to the most grand scale imaginable… the most epic and loving chain reaction ever (take that mouse).
But how do we transform ourselves, how do we know what we are doing is the will of God?
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”
Paul outlines some of the biggies for us in Romans 12:
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.”
How could people not feel a change, feel something else more powerful in your life? We are called to witness to people, to bring the Gospel to others and Paul continues with more ways to follow God’s will:
“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (9-21)
Overcome evil with good… it sounds so simple, but this takes the very root of sin away from your mind and replaces it immediately with what God has planned for us. We combat the devil–with good, with peace, with grace.
Yes, we are different. God loves us in that. God loves you. He Loves You.
Don’t ever forget that, live in this fact. Show it to others. That’s the Gospel.