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Topic: Exotic (08/08/13)
By Janet Kelly
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At this time of year when children are going back to school, I often reminisce about my school years. Maybe some of you can identify with a new school year and hoping you would fit in. We all want that sense of belonging.
Because I grew up in a military family, a new school year many times meant a new school as well.
Being a shy and introverted child I often feared that I would not fit in. I desired to belong and be accepted. I wanted to be a part of the group.
In my teenage years I often found myself at odds with my peers over issues that I felt compromised my beliefs. I tried to always make good choices and often felt alienated from my classmates. This was of great concern to me then and carried into my adult years for a time. I still find myself at a point of divisiveness with co-workers, acquaintances and sometimes even fellow believers.
I have discovered that in my spiritual journey I often do not have a sense of belonging in this world. I find that my beliefs do not align with the world's. Then I discovered a great truth; that is how it is supposed to be! As believers we are not supposed to blend into this world. We are set apart to be a peculiar and holy people. In Leviticus we find these words, “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy; for I am the Lord your God.” (Lev. 20:7) KJV
I am reminded of the old hymn that talks about the fact that this world is not our home. We are just passing through. Our home is not on planet earth! Our real home awaits us in Heaven. In John 14:2-3 Jesus says, “In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself;......” (KJV)
That is our final destination. On earth we will be considered, strange, peculiar and weird. The world does not understand what it means to live life as Jesus would want us to.
In Jesus' day he also was not accepted. His peers thought he was trying to cause trouble when He overthrew the money changers in the temple. (John 2:14-15)
They did not understand what He meant when He spoke of dying and on the third day He would rise again. (Luke 24:7).
We are a special people because we belong to Almighty God. He has called us and set us apart so that we can be holy as He is holy. In Exodus 19:5 we find these words, “Now therefore if you will indeed obey My voice, and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people for
all the earth is Mine. (NKJV). If we were to go on an trip searching for treasure, who knows what strange and exotic things we might find. God has chosen us to be His treasures. God has chosen us to be His treasure. How exciting is that?
So if some days you feel weird, strange, peculiar, or odd in this world, that is a good thing! Remember this world is not your home. Heaven awaits you.
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