This truck was on my walk while I was on vacation and it just seemed so out of place. Is that how we feel sometimes, out of place? When we find ourselves in situations where we aren’t comfortable, how do we respond? Do we try to camouflage who we really are like this truck is camouflaged? Do we try to become like those around us so we can fit in?
We are called to be different. If we spend all of our time and energy trying to fit into the world, we will no longer be any different from the world.
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.
The Lord chose us. We are His children and although we live IN the world we are not to be OF the world. We are to be different than the world, we are to be ambassadors of Christ.
20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Being ambassadors of Christ is showing HIs love and grace to the world. It is difficult for us to appear any differently than those who are in the world if we are so busy trying to be exactly like the world. It is hard to find yourself in a group of people and feel like you don’t fit in or don’t belong. It is something we have all experienced. Even as early as elementary school, we can feel like we don’t belong. Do you remember when the PE teacher would select two students to be team captains and then they were able to choose people one at a time to be on their team? It was painstaking for those who were always chosen last.
I can remember when my daughters were in junior high and they wanted nothing more than to be exactly like their classmates. They wanted to wear the clothes their classmates wore, have hairstyles like everyone else and speak the same lingo as their peers. They were willing to camouflage what they looked like in order to fit in. They were willing to hide or disguise themselves to be just like everybody else.
It would be easy to think we outgrow that need to fit in and belong, but I’m not so sure that we do. Even as adults, when we find ourselves in a new group of people, we want to fit in and feel accepted. But, are we willing to change who we are in order to achieve that acceptance? Do you change your language to match that of those around you? Do you laugh at jokes that are inappropriate? Do you find yourself blurring your boundaries in order to fit in?
We need to be able to stand firm in who we are in Christ. Whether or not we fit in or feel accepted in a particular group or not becomes much less important when we begin to see our identity in Christ. We are children of God, heirs to the King of kings. We have membership in His family and citizenship in heaven.
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Are there places in your life where you are camouflaging who you are in Christ? Take some time to reflect on who you are in Christ and what that identity means to you. Ask the Lord to reveal to you how much He loves you and remind you that He chose you out of all the people on the earth to be His child. Ask the Lord to show you were you may be camouflaging who you are in Christ.
- Photo by Shelly Sorem
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com