In this photo there are three ducks who are following each other and one who is off on his own. It is easy for us to follow the way of the world, but much harder to follow the way of Christ. Christ did not go with the flow or follow the status quo. Christ established a new way and called others to join Him.
19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
Those of us who put our faith and hope in Christ should not be following the way of the world because we do not belong to the world; we belong to Christ. This means we will have to make the things of God a priority in our lives over the things of the world. Christ tells us in John 15:19 it will not be easy because we will be hated by the world and those who follow the way of the world.
It means we will make humility and not pride our goal. It means we will make reading the Word of God a priority over reading other books. It means we will make prayer a priority of watching tv or surfing the internet. It means we will love others with the love of Christ rather than judging them. It means we will forgive others even when they don’t acknowledge they have hurt us or seek our forgiveness.
We may want to go with the flow but we need to understand that following Christ means going a different direction, making different decisions and having different priorities than those that are valued in the world. Who will you choose to follow today? Will you follow the way of the world or will you follow the way of Christ?
- Photo by Shelly Sorem
- Scripture references from http://www.BibleGateway.com