Stand Out and Shine

pic_drawer_215635_wakpvgMoving forward is the only direction God gave us. That means that we don’t dwell in the past, no matter how bad it is. Our God is a very forgiving God. Once you become a Christian through baptism, accepting Him as your Savior and asking for the forgiveness of your sins, He will not hold them against you. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

When we repent, God completely wipes away our sins. This doesn’t mean that we can go out and act like the rest of the world and do whatever you want just because you can ask for forgiveness for it later. Repentance means a life change, but God knows we aren’t perfect.  He made us and knows we will make mistakes every now and then.

Jesus never asks us to do anything He wasn’t willing to do Himself, even if it means the world will hate us. And if you are a Christian, the world WILL hate you. But He says that ”If the world hates you remember that it hated me first” (John 15:18). The world hates Christians because we are not identified as the world. This is something we should be proud of and not ashamed of.

What does it mean to be a Christian? Part of it is yes, trying not to sin, but also doing good for others. You should always try not to sin, but just because you aren’t doing bad doesn’t mean you are doing good. Having a servant heart is very important in being a Christian. Don’t think “what have you done for me lately”, but ask yourself “what have I done for you lately”. Always look for ways to serve others, even if its something as small as helping pick up a mess even when you didn’t make it. If you see someone in the hallway or on the street that has dropped something and is struggling, help them pick it up. When you do something good, you shouldn’t do it with the thought in your head “how does this benefit me?”

Standing out and being a shining light to the world is what makes you different and hated. By doing what God has commanded, you are being an example to others. 1 John 3:13 says “Therefore do not be surprised, brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.”  The Bible tells us many times that we are to be different, and for being different we are going to be hated. Sometimes the world may like you.  Sometimes, for just a little while, you may be popular and well-liked. But being loved is way better than being liked, and I would rather be unconditionally loved by a forgiving God than liked by an unforgiving world.

About Adrianna Liner 1 Article
Adrianna is currently a high school senior and attends the Jackson Street congregation in Monroe, LA.

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