If you are a Christian, you are an outsider in this world.
You're in the world but you're not of the world.
You don't belong in this world.
Christians don't belong here.
We live in a world of sin. We live in a world of murder, hatred, fornication, adultery, irreverence for God, lewdness, indecency, sexual immorality, sinful indulgence, and all other types of sin that the world practices.
Sunday comes. The world doesn't go to church. They serve money by instead going to work or they just stay home and do chores or watch TV or go out.
They serve things other than God, such as sports, their jobs, their sinful desires.
We, as Christians, should not be conformed to these things. We should have in mind the things of God, serving Him, worshipping Him, doing His will.
1 Peter 2:11, NIV, "11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul."
Peter states directly in God's Word that Christians are foreigners, exiles, strangers, aliens in this world.
If you're a Christian, you should feel out of place when you're amongst people of the world. You should not fit in with them. These are the people who party, drink, smoke, fornicate, curse, do drugs, skip worship, and commit other lewd acts and sins. If you fit right in with people in the world, then you're living in sin. If you're Christian and you're carrying your cross and living uprightly, you should not fit in at all. You should feel out of place when around them. You should feel out of place in this world. You only feel in place when you're with God's people.
As Christians, we know that our true home is heaven and we eagerly await the day we get to be with Christ forever, eternally.
As Christians, we hate the sin that we see in the world. We hate the partying. We hate the music of the world, filled with unwholesome lyrics. We hate the fornication and sexual immorality. We hate the irreverence that exists for God in the world. On a Sunday, we get up and go to church service, while other family members stay home or go to the beach instead. We hate all the sin and we hate the mentality of the world.
We eagerly await the day when we leave this dark, ungodly world and make heaven our home, eternally.
As Christians, we are called out of this world. We are a called out people.
1 Peter 2:9 "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;"
So if you're a Christian, you are an alien. You are a called out person. God has taken out of the world and all of its sinful practices - cursing, fornication, adultery, irreverence for God, partying, orgies- and has brought you into the life of light, where you no longer freely give in to sin and indulge in it.
As a Christian, do realize you don't belong here. This world is not your home. You are merely a pilgrim. You merely on a journey and haven't yet reached your final destination, which is heaven, so you are to keep going strong until you eventually reach that destination.
This world, it shouldn't be your home. With all the murders, rape, hatred, racism, it should not be a world that you enjoy being in and that you're excited about.
Instead, you should be excited about one day being with God and all the saints in heaven to eternally enjoy.
That's a great thought.
God is amazing. Even though we feel out of place now, we won't always be, because Jesus has gone and prepared a place where we'll fit right in and be at home eventually.
John 14:3, NIV, "3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."
So if you're a Christian, you're not going to fit in this world. But Jesus has a prepared a place where you will and all the wicked will be destroyed. Only the righteous will remain. There will be no more not fitting in because you don't want to smoke or drink or have an orgy with those kids.
Our citizenship is truly in heaven.
Philippians 3:20, NIV, "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ"
So, Christians, take heart. There's no way we can fit in in this sinful world. But one day God will abolish the wicked. Then the righteous will get together and strive. There we will be no longer be strangers and foreigners.
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