“As you come to Him, the living stone, rejected by men but chosen and precious in God’s sight, you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:4-5)
As a baby Christian, it was very hard for me to stand firm in God's Word. I felt like I would be laughed at, called a prude, or be associated with a cult. I became a chameleon to whatever environment I was in. If I was with other believers I was all about God, but if I was with unbelievers I acted in the flesh and behaved like them. I would party with them, gossip, husband-bash, and even dress in a way that didn't honor God. I wanted to be popular with both crowds.
As I became stronger in God's Word though, the LORD began to transform me into a true disciple, and I began to realize that God had set me apart for Himself so others could see His truth in my life. But how could anyone see Jesus in me if I lived just like everyone else?
God didn't choose us to walk around arrogantly thinking we’re better than others, but to live so that others will see a difference in our lives. God gave us the gift of salvation, and asks us to share what He's done for us with unbelievers. We are chosen to make a difference, and He equips all of us to do His work.
God is so good. I praise Him for the slow process of transformation! As God began to change me, He taught me to live for Him and to see others through the eyes of Jesus. He didn't disconnect me from unbelievers but gave me the wisdom to be their friend without conforming to their ways. He gave me the strength to share about Him but not be offended if I was rejected. In God's strength I learned to stand firm in my convictions and not compromise in order to be accepted.
God says you are on your way to becoming a disciple when you can keep a clear head and a pure heart. Never let your decisions be made on the basis of opinion and popularity. Do what's right! No matter the circumstance, problems, or dilemma - just do what is right. Be honest, watch your tongue, and demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit. After all, regardless of what you've done, God did what was right: He saved you with His grace.
Prayer: Lord, give me the strength to stand for you. Help me not to compromise what you have taught me in your word. Thank you, LORD for choosing me.
Suggested Reading: John 16:1-4