Has anyone ever referred to you as different? Maybe you have found yourself as the odd man out, defined as the “one who, because of strangeness of behavior or belief, stands alone in or out from a group.” Just last night, my family and I found ourselves standing out from the group. We were at a party hosted by some friends that we had only recently met. The party was tame enough, but it just wasn’t our ‘flavor’ of fun. In fact, we pulled chocks after about 20 minutes! We headed home and called it an evening. We definitely stood out when we told the host farewell so early in the evening, not eager to blend into that crowd.
Today, when we earnestly try to follow God, we find ourselves in a society that we don’t necessarily want to blend into. But sometimes it’s hard to be ‘in’ the world, without being ‘of’ the world. While our physical bodies may reside in this world, God wants our minds focused elsewhere…on Him and what He has in store for us. By only focusing on what we can see with our eyes, we truly limit the likelihood that we will achieve all that God has in store for us. We must look beyond this world, and beyond what makes practical sense to someone of this world.
When someone refers to me as ‘different,’ I take it as a compliment. I know that my interests, goals, and daily schedule take a distinctive course for a reason. When we take the perspective that there is more at stake than just our life in this world, then our lives will take a different path. If following God has set you on a different path in life, stay on that path. Have faith that God will not let you down!
Romans 12:2 tells us that we should not conform to this world. God is at work in us…changing us, as we allow our minds to “be transformed” so that we can truly know and seek what God has in store for us. Then, flip over to Romans 8:6. See what it says about the mind of sinful man, versus the mind of a man that is controlled by the spirit. Allowing the Holy Spirit to reside in and control your mind allows you to attain the fullest life possible that God has in store for you.
God wants us to have a full life that will lead to great happiness, much more happiness than anything or anyone in this world can offer us. If this means that we are the odd man out in the crowd, then so be it. Do you believe this? If not, why not give it a try and put God to the test. Let us know your thoughts. Thanks for reading. – Andy