“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
I am beginning to see that the more we seek for the Kingdom of God – what we are given, what is revealed to us, what we see and recieve. It becomes harder to live within the world as we become members of something in which most cannot comprehend or see themselves. for what the Lord reveals to you, may not be visible to others. what the Lord asks of you, others may not understand.
faith is put to the test when we are to stand in something that others will question and try to pull us away from. it takes faith to stand in truth when everyone else is seeming doubtful.
think of the numerous people in the bible in which they knew had a greater calling, were being called to do such questionable things yet knew it was the Lord asking them. Such as Hosea marrying a prostitute, Abraham willing to sacrifice his son, Joshua leading the Isrealities to march around the walls of Jericho, and Jesus who even when being questioned as to why He were to sacrifice His life had to step forewards in faith to partake in such a thing. Sit for a minute and think about the questions He would have been faced with? the doubts and uncertainities of others? most people would have not understood why He going to do such a thing, yet He stepped out in faith, trusting that it was His Heavenly Father speaking to Him and continued on even when the world would have been telling Him different.
“Dear friends, you are like foreigners and strangers in this world. I beg you to avoid the evil things your bodies want to do that fight against your soul. People who do no believe are living all around you and might say that you are doing wrong. Live such good lives that they will see the good things you do and will give glory to God on the day when Christ comes again” 1 Peter 2:11-12
Read Hebrews 11 to see people of such great faith-those who trusted in the guidance and voice of the Lord rather than the pressures of the world. Those who stepped out of the known and comfortable and into the unknown. For some of the things the Lord will ask of us will not be clear to others, for they cannot see or hear what the Lord is speaking or showing you. And it is through times where others doubt you, through situations that seem impossible for you to go through, or unlikely in the eyes of others-that is where the Lord can be seen and glorfied the most.
“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.” John 15:19
walking in faith is walking on a path not of the world, walking in the footsteps of a divine being who will ask of us things that our minds cannot comprehend as He can see the bigger picture. He can see what we cannot.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
For when we come to see that our identity is no longer of the world, that we are no longer seeking for the approval of man but of God-that is when great works of the Lord can be done through us. As we realize that we are apart of a Kingdom that is not of the world that we stand, and through it we will have to move against the way of the world.
“We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
I honestly believe that as followers of Christ that is where many of us miss the fullness of life through Christ-as we continue to live within the world when we are called to rise above it. To allow our minds to be renewed, to be transformed and instead we continue to conform to the ways of the world as it is a struggle to go against everyone else and the known. it is hard being called to do things in which you aren’t sure how to explain to others, but trust that the Lord who is calling you is faithful and will fulfill such things
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
May you passiontly press into the Lord, study His word, pray earnestly, listen for His voice, allow His Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into revealing the mysteries that He are revealed and waiting to be sought after. May you embrace the fullness of the Lords promises as those of great faith written about in Hebrews 11-that although they were questioned, doubted-it allowed them to press more into the Lord-to see Him deeper and truly allow their faith to lead them to situations where the Lord had to come through for them. They loved the Lord so much that they honoured Him above themselves. May we no longer live in fear as to what the world will think of us but realize our identity is within Christ. May you embrace a love so deep and real for God that you will submit to the things unseen and trust in Him as you step out of the known and into His Kingdom which is unseen but so beautiful.
“With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever Amen” Ephesians 3:20-21