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I often feel like I don’t fit in this world. Do you? As a Christian, I am given the answer why I do not fit in to this world: It is because I am no longer a soul-citizen of this world. My heart and life are ruled by another Lord. This world is hurting, broken, sinful. We could list all the things that we just don’t understand such as the cussing, pornography, intoxication, violence and etc. This “being different” is not an excuse to be lax in our walk, to be hypocritical, or crusaders. Ultimately, our battle is not with worldly individuals, but the unseen demonic powers Satan has sent out to deceive and enslave (Ephesians 6:12).

The reality that Scripture speaks to us in truth as Believers is that we are not of this world and should not attempt to be so. Sometimes, I find myself conflicted. I desire to connect more deeply but there is a divide. I have experienced this because, as a Christian, a huge part of me (actually my very DNA) breathes “spiritual things.” If you really know me, yes, I can joke, be loopy, enjoy hanging out but my conversations and mind often are full of heavenly things. Scripture, applying it to life, discussing the precious truths of God’s revelation, prayer. These things are part of me. It is hard to really connect with someone who wants no part of Christ. When we are redeemed, our partnership with the world must cease (2 Corinthians 6:14). This does not mean that we are not called to live in this world but rather not to be of it.

Reader, God has not called us to become someone else to reach people. Are we to love? Yes. Are we to conform to the patterns, ways, customs of this world? Flat out no. Is it a struggle? Yes, and I do not believe there is some spiritual experience or “level” we can get to where there is no tug to conform. We will not reach the world by hiding our light and attempting to change our identity. We were called to be different. The Bible even says we are aliens on this planet because of our new lineage in Christ (1 Peter 2:11)![1] Let’s be encouraged that God has made us different, made us to be light amidst deep darkness (Matthew 5:13-16). He will convict His own when they veer into worldliness.

Brothers and Sisters, we are meant to be different.

 

John 15:19 (ESV)
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.

 

1 John 4:5-6 (ESV)
5  They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them.
6  We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

 

John 17:14-18 (ESV)
14  I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
15  I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.
16  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
17  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
18  As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.

 

James 4:4-7 (ESV)
4  You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
5  Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?
6  But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

1 John 2:15-17 (ESV)
15  Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16  For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.
17  And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

 

1 Peter 2:9-12 (ESV)
9  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.
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.
12  Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

 

Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)
1  I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
2  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.

 

Philippians 3:20 (ESV)
20  But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ

 

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[1] in context the word alien does not refer to extra-terrestrials but rather to exiles from another land or immigrants such as “illegal aliens” meaning that their citizenship is elsewhere though they dwell in a foreign land

 

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