Not a “local”
John 17:16 (ESV) They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
Have you ever traveled somewhere and as soon as soon as you stepped foot in that place you got the feeling that you didn’t belong there? People almost looked at you like you were an alien or something foreign. And when they heard you speak, some were either intrigued or thought it was amusing.
All of this because you were not a “local”.
But you kind of expected it because it’s the same where you live.
As soon as you surrendered to Jesus you stopped being a “local” of this world. Your whole appearance and actions should resemble that of someone on their way there.
Now I’m not saying you should intentionally offend people, but people around you should at least have to pause often and question why you talk and act the way you do.
- You give generously because your heavenly father does.
- You choose to sacrifice because he gave it all.
- You choose to love the unlovable because He does.
- You forgive and keep forgiving because He does.
- You pray, read your Bible and go to Church because you want to seek and know more about your King.
- You invest in causes that don’t make sense now but make complete sense for eternity.
- You walk around giving people directions on how to get to you heavenly home (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, John 3:16, 1John 1:9, Romans 10:9, Romans 10:13).
Philippians 3:20-21 (ESV) But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.2 Corinthians 5:8 (ESV) Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.