Re: Vitalise Teen | The Call to be Different
As we look at our society, we learn a lot about our modern culture. There are various expectations placed on us, and even pressure to fit into the mold of society.
Sadly, many attitudes, perspectives and behaviors do not match that which God would desire us to have. In our study today, let’s see what Scriptures says about the call to be different.
What does the Bible say?
Look at Numbers 14 (Israel approaching the Promised Land):
How did Joshua and Caleb’s perspective of their situation cause them to stand out (vv. 1-9)? Joshua and Caleb trusted God and were committed to Him, whereas the people were afraid.
What did the Israelites think of Joshua and Caleb? (v. 10) They did not like the fact they were different. They hated them.
Note v. 30 - Only Joshua and Caleb received the blessing.
What does v. 24 say was so different about Caleb that set him apart from the other people? He had a different spirit and his heart was set on following God completely.
What do these verses say is the goal of being different?
Rom. 12:1-2 – Don’t conform to the world, but be transformed.
Matt. 5:10-16 – Let your light shine so others may glorify God.
Rom. 8:29 – Our goal = be conformed into the image of Christ.
What should I do?
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are not called to look or act “weird.” But we are called to rise above the norm and live a life that glorifies Christ.
Others may not like it, or even under- stand it, but when we are determined to live our lives for God, we will be different! In what ways should this calling play out in your life? In what ways should people see Christ in you?
Written by Ama Ghana @seekyefirstjesus
Ama Ghana is a Servant of God and the Founder of Seek Ye First Christian blog.
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What do you believe?
#Christianity is the life of #God (the Creator) in human beings (that's us). What this means, practically, is that each day, you take steps to get to know this God, through His Word, the Bible (https://classic.biblegateway.com) ,by building a relationship with Him, through faith in Jesus Christ.
In the same way, as soon as your baby is born, in fact from the moment you "know" that you are pregnant, you spend time getting to know the baby, letting them know that each day
I ask you, then, would you like to be in a relationship with #God, the God of the Bible, the God that made this beautiful earth, through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
The God that gave Jesus Christ to us:
This the WHAT
John 3:16-18 The Message (MSG)
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him."**
And we (using #faith, a bit like #electricity, we know it's there because the lights come on) accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and get to know Him each day, as we would our own dear friends, loved ones, a spouse.
This is the WHY
"It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off. If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, do you think we can risk neglecting this latest message, this magnificent salvation? First of all, it was delivered in person by the Master, then accurately passed on to us by those who heard it from him. All the while God was validating it with gifts through the Holy Spirit, all sorts of signs and miracles, as he saw fit."**
In exchange for following Jesus you will receive peace, freedom, joy (that's laughter whilst your awake, peace whilst you sleep), it will be hard, your friends may disown you because you've become "one of us" but guess what even if you have a tough day, you will never be alone again.
Read this prayer along with me:
This is your YES
"Lord Jesus, thank You for giving Your life for me and forgiving me of my sins so I can have a personal relationship with You. I am sincerely sorry for the mistakes I've made, and I know I need You to help me live right.
Your Word says in Romans 10:9, "If you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His Power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
I believe You are the Son of God, and I confess You as my Saviour and Lord. Take me just as I am, and work in my heart, making me the person You want me to be. I want to live for You, Jesus, and I am so grateful to You for giving me a fresh start in my new life with You today. I love you, Jesus!"**
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*The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson
**Meyer, J., 2018. The Everyday Life Bible. 1st ed. New York: Faith Words.*