Different

“I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler–not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges.” (1 Corinthians 5:9-13a)

Last night, Travis and I did something that we haven’t done in a long time: we hung out with some people who are outside the church. These aren’t in-your-face-immoral type people. In fact, they are probably “good” people by the world’s standards. But, they don’t know Jesus.

Now, Travis and I aren’t opposed to hanging out with non-Christian people in the right setting and with the right motive; but it seems that we’ve probably gotten pretty comfortable within the confines of our Christian bubble. For one thing, that is where our truest friendships lie–and rightly so. But for another (and I think this is true for Christians and non-Christians alike), it is easier to be yourself when you are with people who are like you.

I can’t lie: there were a few moments last night when I felt uncomfortably different. And, in those moments when my differences were–at least by my perception–blatantly obvious, I found myself wishing I were back inside my bubble. It would undeniably be easier for me to always remain amongst those with whom I “fit in.” But if I never go to where I’m different, then I will miss the opportunity to show unbelievers Who it is that makes me different.

Dear God, thank You for changing me. Thank you for making me different. Inasmuch as my differences will point to You, please help me to unashamedly be the changed me that I am no matter in whose company I sit. May my transformed life be a testimony unto You!

2 Comments

  1. Amen Angela!! Time with believers is so refreshing, but time with unbelievers is satisfying in a different way. It feels good to serve Christ when it’s a little uncomfortable – humbling ourselves and remembering who we once were… who gave us beautiful hope! I love how you said you want the opportunity to show unbelievers Who it is that makes you different.

    It’s been so longs since I’ve been over here! I just wanted to pop by and say hello. I loved the pictures on Facebook of your beautiful family.

    Love ya!
    Lynnette

  2. I can relate to this as I’m sure many women can. Maybe it is wrong of me but that is one thing I really look forward to about coming home to stay. I would like to have more control over the type of people I spend my day with and that isn’t possible at my job. I hope I come across as a Godly example when I’m there but I often fail.
    Praise singing at church is one of my favorite times because when all those voices lift Him up together it makes me feel like I’m truly among those who feel the same way I do. Thanks for sharing. :)