Swimming Against the Current

This world is not built to foster a society that flourishes and adheres to the rules which Christ said are the rules of His Kingdom. On the contrary, this world actually nourishes and encourages a completely different mindset. Its moral values and perspectives actually encourage and profess the opposite of Christ’s teachings.

The broad road that Christ speaks of is actually the way of life in today’s society. If you take a close look at this world, you will see that differences are encouraged and animosity is bred. Hate is fostered. Brotherhood, understanding, and forgiveness are not mainstreamed social concepts unless they carry an agenda.

Crime, violence, war, and hatred are condemned through podiums and pulpits but it ends there. These devastating social poisons are not only tolerated, they are fostered through global politics, entertainment (books, movies, tv), and games.

Satanic and demonic influences are openly embraced and have been mainstreamed into society without any concern about the children. We live in a world that constantly ‘modifies’ and tampers with Creation.

Therefore, it should not come as any surprise that Christ told us to “be in this world but not of this world”. It makes perfect sense that we should not be living according to the ways of the world but according to the laws that Christ expects us to follow.

So, in essence, we need to make the journey simply by ‘passing through’ and hoping to make the trip unscathed.

Easier said than done, right?

This can be done. And it can be done successfully, brilliantly, with spiritual rewards beyond our imagination. But to achieve this, we need to roll up our sleeves and do it ourselves. No religious organization, blog, or self-help book/group will hand over to us this lifestyle change or sense of belonging to the Kingdom of God, as if it were an app to download.

Therefore we need to commit to our beliefs knowing that we will be different, despised, and ridiculed. We can do this and Christ helps us every step of the way from the moment we begin this journey.

Christ sends the Holy Spirit to live inside of us once we commit to living with Him. The Holy Spirit guides, counsels and nurtures us as we journey along this path. He is asking us to separate ourselves from the masses. This is our mark of differentiation, our seal, our sacrifice, our labor that makes us a part of God’s Kingdom. We labor to leave the old comfort zones and walk the tough walk, but in doing so, along the way, we also experience joy, comfort, and rewards beyond what we can imagine. Imagine how beautiful it will be at the end of this journey when we finally arrive home. And to which home? The one that Christ prepared for us!

We need to understand that living in this world while following Christ’s commandments means hard work – swimming upstream, against society’s currents. But it isn’t the hard work, nor the perilous waters that are the only hardships.

The commitment to be different is a tremendous challenge. One becomes recognizably ‘different’ from the herd once one embarks on this journey. This difference becomes obvious to others. And they respond to this difference most often in negative ways. We need to be able to understand this and manage it without fear or concern.

Therefore, by living in Christ while in this world, we dare to be different.

To truly love Him, follow His word, and want to live with Him now and always, we need to become a rebel.

Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more; but you will see me. Because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 

One who has my commandments, and keeps them, that person is one who loves me. One who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him.” 

Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, what has happened that you are about to reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” 

Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him. 

He who doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words. The word which you hear isn’t mine, but the Father’s who sent me.

I have said these things to you, while still living with you. 

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you.

John 14:18-26 (World English Bible)
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