Are You Fitting In?

Stephen Arterburn

‘Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods,’ wrote the apostle John. When he wrote of the ‘world,’ he meant everything in life that ran counter to his faith in Christ; everything that contradicts the gospel and undermines a life of faith and discipleship. Indeed, the world has a different take on how we should live. Many today believe that all ideas are valid; that no one is wrong, because no absolute truth exists.

We are encouraged to believe whatever we want in the name of tolerance and diversity, no one’s viewpoint can be dismissed. But Jesus presents Himself to us as the Truth, meaning all so-called truths must be measured against Him if they are to truly be considered truths. Before His departure from earth, Jesus pulled His men in tightly and said, ‘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. That is why the world hates you’ (John 15:19). Guys, Jesus Christ’s message to them is his message to you: Fitting in with the world isn’t the mark of a follower of Christ

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