It shouldn’t make sense
“Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.” I read that sentence and it struck me hard. Why are we surprised when people don’t understand our actions as Christians? If we want to glorify God and not ourselves or the world, shouldn’t we honor him no matter how others react?
I have one major regret from college: I lived a safe, watered-down version of my faith. I went to church and never turned away from God, but I lowered my standards so I was just unchristian enough to fit in. Through my words and actions—or lack thereof—I tiptoed around situations I knew were wrong so I didn’t stir things up.
First Peter 2:11,12 has a different idea: “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”
Don’t live your life just to fit in or avoid causing waves. Stand up for what you believe in a loving way, even if it’s not popular. People will notice. Your God deserves obedience and glory, and there’s a world of people all around you who need to come face-to-face with salvation and the truth more than they need your participation in their Christless living.
Here’s to living a life that doesn’t make sense to unbelievers, in the very best way.
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