A Bunch of Weirdos
When Jesus prayed, “I have given them your word. And the world hates them because
they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.” (John 17:14) It was a prayer that became the billboard for every believer’s life. Jesus makes it clear that the world hates us so why are we trying so hard to fit in, to compromise, or to change our standard? As the Body of Christ, we need the discipline to continue living lives according to Jesus, to go against mainstream thinking. It takes discipline for us to change the world by being our authentic selves and here are the best three reasons why.
Citizens of Heaven
We learn in Genesis of how we were created and with every wonderful description of gardens, rivers, and jewels it’s easy to get lost in the beauty of the Garden of Eden. What we miss sometimes is the fact that God had created us in a sinless world, an atmosphere without hate, sickness, or death. Eden was heaven on Earth and it was only natural for us to continue living in an atmosphere where we originated from. The book of Jeremiah said it well, “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you…” We are citizens of Heaven before we are physically manifested here on earth and that’s why our standards are different, and it takes discipline to know which standards to follow.
WE SPEAK FOR JESUS! From the way we love those who hate us, to how punctual we are at work; everything we do speaks to the testimony of King Jesus. This takes discipline. We stand as ambassadors of Christ and He has given us the power to declare His kingdom here on earth. Matthew 18:18-20 says, “Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” This is the Body of Christ! Full of God’s power and love, we are the visible testimony of His goodness and Kingdom, we are proof of His love to the world.
A Peculiar people
In a sea of white, one red dot would stand out the most, if we add a neon arrow pointing to that red dot and a blaring alarm; we would have the perfect example of how weird the people of God should be. Being peculiar isn’t much about what we wear that represents Christ, as much as how we act. We want the world to look at us and see their opposite because if we don’t possess anything different then what they do, what’s the point? We carry Christ; we exude His perfection and contagious love. Jesus tells us that we will be persecuted, we will be bullied and made fun of for His namesake but, it takes church discipline to cultivate the conviction needed to stand out anyway.
We are a bunch of weirdos because of our Father. He tells us that “For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 55:8) Sin has ruined the world so absolutely that we believers have to defend our own DNA, our own Father’s character. When we submit to discipline we subject our will to God’s word, and that obedience will bring about the peculiarity necessary to draw men to God. When the world sees us, they see our God; the greatest weirdo of all.