For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10 ESV)
I really disliked high school. It wasn’t that I didn’t fit in – although I didn’t – it was that I never wanted to.
Of course there were cliques: cool kids, band geeks, brainiacs . . . computer nerds. I would walk the halls and just stare at the menagerie wondering what planet they had fallen from, (of course it was the 80s and we were all a bit odd). For me, graduation couldn’t come soon enough. I could hardly wait to move on from the juveniles and finally fit in with mature adults who didn’t care what anyone thought of them.
My first fulltime job was in an accounting department. I learned very quickly there are still popular people that expect you to bow to them and others who cower behind copiers. It was a blow to my heart to realize that this was how life was going to be going forward.
As Christians, however, we are supposed to be different and not ‘fit in." The Bible says we are ‘aliens’ and ‘sojourners’, called to represent Christ and to serve Him not man. I think in my young Christian life, that’s probably why I wasn’t driven to fit in with the kids in high school. However, the older I got, the easier it became to hang back and not make waves. After all, in an office, it’s important to be ‘politically correct’.
As I mature, I am coming to understand who He is and what He did for me. And, much like I did in school, I’m learning to not really care what others think, but rather what my Savior thinks. And that, my friend . . . is cool. Very cool.
Lord, I thank you that you have called us out to be different; a peculiar people. Help us to stand firm in our witness for you and to be salt and light in a dark, unpopular world. Amen.
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